Introducing Blue Raider Kerry Hammonds

GoBlueRaiders.com will sit down with each men's basketball player leading up to the first official team practice on Oct. 15

July 26, 2010 · MT Athletic Communications
This is the second installment of a series highlighting the 2010-11 Middle Tennessee basketball team as they begin preparation to defend their Sun Belt Conference title.

In this edition, GoBlueRaiders.com sat down with freshman shooting guard Kerry Hammonds, who could have significant impact for Blue Raiders this season. The Murfreesboro, Tenn., native is the son of former Middle Tennessee great Kerry Hammonds.

Q: You were highly recruited coming out of high school. Why did you choose Middle Tennessee?
A: I felt it was the best situation for me to come in and contribute as a freshman, and get a lot of minutes. I like the players and staff. When I was in middle school and high school, my dad would bring me to a lot of the games.

Q: How do you feel playing here, the place where your dad was such a star? Do you feel any extra pressure or motivation?
A: I really don't even think about it. I feel like I need to come out here and make a name for myself, and not worry about what my dad did. If I break some of his records, he'd be proud. He probably doesn't want them broken, but if I was the one that did it, he'd be proud of me.

Q: You grew up in Murfreesboro, so it is not a new place for you. If you named something that you really liked about living here, what would it be?
A: It's not too big, and not to small. You can find everything you need here. Of course, I like the fact that I can get home-cooked meals, too.

Q: What are you most looking forward to in your freshman season as a Blue Raider?
A: Walking out in Murphy Center for that first game on the floor, and the fans. I know I'll be nervous, but it will be a good feeling to walk out there.

Q: Obviously, all Blue Raider fans were concerned about the injury you sustained your senior year at Siegel. Are there any lingering effects or will you be ready to go when the season starts?
A: It was a little bit of a concern at first, but once I got in the weight room and worked with our strength coach, Coach Spray, he has gotten me more developed working with my foot. I'll be ready when the season starts.

Q: Being an all around player, what part of the game do you enjoy most?
A: When you are winning, having fun, passing teammates on the floor and you high-five them. Nothing comes close to that feeling.

Q: What is the one thing that the fans do not know about you that they might find interesting?
A: I still get "butterflies" before every game.

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