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Introducing Blue Raider Trevor Charles

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

October 4, 2010 · MT Athletic Communications
This is the 11th 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 junior college transfer Trevor Charles, who will add depth in the frontcourt this season for the Blue Raiders.

Q: Why did you choose Middle Tennessee?
A: Over the past few years, Coach Davis has been putting together a pretty good program. My major is criminal justice, and MTSU has a great program. I felt like the team we are going to have this year is going to be pretty good, so I decided to come here.

Q: After transferring in from West Texas Junior College, what do you think will be the biggest adjustment in moving up to Division I?
A: At every level, you have to step it up a notch, from high school to junior college, to Division I, to the pros. I know that I will have to be prepared both physically and mentally. As far as size is concerned, players are bigger here, but I have never, ever been concerned about anybody being bigger than I am. I am always ready for anything.

Q: What do you feel is your biggest strength on the basketball court?
A: Rebounding and blocking shots. It's a plus that I can score around the basket, too. Actually, I started realizing that I could be a force under the basket my junior year in high school. I had a growth spurt from 5-10 to about 6-6 in a year and a half. At that point, I didn't know the game all that well, so all I could do was rebound and block shots. As I progressed over the years, it came more naturally to me. My high school was William McGrady in Brooklyn, N.Y., which is a pretty tough league.

Q: Why do you enjoy playing basketball?
A: I always watched it growing up, but I fell in love with the game late. Most people get into it early, and it came easier for them as they got older. For me, I had to work hard to catch up. I am a hard worker, I love hard work, I love the competition and in general I just love everything about the game. The one thing I really like doing more than anything else is dunk over people.

Q: What are you most looking forward to this season?
A: Winning! There is nothing better than winning a championship and that is our goal. I think we have a great chance to do that.

Q: You haven't been here long, but what is your favorite thing about Murfreesboro so far?
A: Actually I haven't gotten much of a chance to get out in town. I am more of a homebody. I have met a few people, made some new friends, and I have been to the mall. I like how friendly the people are.

Q: Who is your favorite professional athlete, and why?
A: Kobe Bryant, because of his work ethic. If I am not mistaken, he is 32 years old, and you can tell that he has slowed down a little on the court, but it is so hard to guard him because he has perfected every aspect of his game. He works hard, he's smart and he has all of the instincts.

Q: What is the one thing that Middle Tennessee fans do not know about you that they might find interesting?
A: Back home, everybody calls me "Sticks" because I was so little and skinny growing up.

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