EDITOR’S NOTE: Each week The Volante sports staff will interview a member of the USD athletic community and ask them off-the-wall questions. Enjoy the hilarity.
Senior Louie Krogman is a point guard for the University of South Dakota men’s basketball team out of White River, S.D.
Austin Ashlock: If you were a type of car, what car would you want to be?
Louie Krogman: I would be a Chrysler 300. It’s an American- made car, it’s pretty fancy and you see people driving around in them quite a lot, so I would go with one of those.
AA: If you only had a year to live, what would you do with that year?
LK: First thing I would do is make a bucket list, just try to cross everything off and live life to its fullest.
AA: Do you have any “not-so-great” Valentines Day memories?
LK: I do actually. My junior year in high school we were the top ranked team in the state and we were upset by a team we should not have lost to on Valentines Day.
AA: If you could play one-on-one with any professional or collegiate player (past or present), who would that be?
LK: I was actually just talking to couple buddies of mine about this, and I thought it would be cool to go head-to-head with Ricky Rubio. I’m not a Timberwolves fan or anything I just think it be would fun.
AA: What is the reasoning behind your jersey number? Is there a personal reason you chose to wear number four?
LK: There really is no specific reason. I am not one of those players who is superstitious about that kind of thing. When I got here my freshman year, my two choices for jersey number were four and 14, and I chose four. My number in high school was 15, but number four has definitely grown on me.
AA: If you could go back in time and give your freshman self any piece of advice, what would that be?
LK: I would tell myself to get closer to my professors and to communicate better with them when it comes to road games. Looking back, I could have saved myself a lot of stress if I would have done those things. It’s hard to pick just one thing to tell myself, though.
AA: What got you interested in basketball?
LK: I started playing at a young age, and found I had this natural ability to play the game. I fell in love with the game and began to spend more and more time at the gyms and shooting hoops in the driveway. You could say success breeds success, I guess.
AA: Bacon or Sausage?
LK: I order sausage every once in awhile, but if I could only eat one of them for the rest of my life, I would have to go with bacon.
AA: If you could take one artist/band off the radio, who would it be?
LK: Justin Bieber, without a doubt. The combination of the hair and his lack of talent is just too much. All the hype surrounding him sure doesn’t help either.
AA: If you could put one artist/band on the radio, who would it be?
LK: Young Jeezy. He is the most real rap artist out there right now. You may have to censor him an awful lot, but radio stations really need to start paying attention to this guy.
AA: As a basketball player, do you have a certain game or a certain play that haunts you and you can’t get out of your mind?
LK: Not really. I don’t like to carry things around like that and try to leave all of it on the court.
AA: Which dunk was more impressive in your opinion, Lebron James’ dunk over the Bulls’ John Lucas or Blake Griffin’s dunk over the Thunders’ Kendrick Perkins?
LK: Blake Griffin’s. I was actually on a date with my girlfriend and a friend of mine posted something about it on Twitter and I could not wait to get home to see it. The fact that he made contact like that and was still able to keep going up just goes to show how powerful this guy is. It’s crazy because in high school I played against Blake Griffin in a tournament in Kansas City. No one really knew who this guy was, but if I can remember he threw down five or six dunks on us.
AA: What is a typical pre-game meal for you?
LK: For home games, whatever Aramark has on the menu for that night. On the road we usually have grilled chicken or steak with potatoes and some kind of vegetable; nothing too insane.
AA: If you could purchase any one item in Wal-Mart, what item would you purchase?
LK: I would buy the biggest high definition flat-screen TV they have. They are so expensive, so the only way I could ever get one is if someone gave it to me for free. Plus it would be nice to see Blake Griffin throw down on a screen like that.