Introducing Blue Raider KC Anuna

GoBlueRaiders.com will sit down with each men's basketball player leading up to the first official team practice on Oct. 15 at 5 p.m.

October 11, 2010 · MT Athletic Communications
This is the 13th 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 K.C. Anuna, who will add depth in the frontcourt this season after missing most of last season due to an injury.

Q: You missed last season due to a knee injury. How is your rehab progressing, and when do you think you will be able to start practicing?
A: Right now, the rehab is going good. I've been rehabbing all summer, and right now I am starting to get back in the swing of things in our pickup games. I should be ready to go the first day of practice.

Q: Why did you choose Middle Tennessee to continue your career?
A: I chose Middle Tennessee because it was close to home. I knew the area because my sister went to school here. I originally signed with a D-II school in Maryland, but I chose to come back home. I knew about Coach Davis, and knew he was a good coach. I also knew I could get a good education here.

Q: The team was very close, both on and off the court, last season. What are the veteran players doing to help make the newcomers a part of that closeness this season?
A: We did a lot of that this summer, especially in the gym. The speed of the game here is a lot faster than high school and takes getting used to. Off the court, we do things together, go out and have a good time, but we also make sure that no one gets in any trouble, and that everyone is safe and sound.

Q: What is your favorite thing about Murfreesboro?
A: I'm close to home, and I like the folks that live here. It's a good area, lots of restaurants. It's not too big, like Nashville, but its big enough.

Q: Other than getting back on the court, what are you most looking forward to this season?
A: I am looking forward to feeling like a part of the team. Last year, I was on the team, but because I was hurt, I didn't really feel like a part of the team because I couldn't contribute. I'm looking forward to helping my team any way that I can, whether it's on the court, or in practice, or whatever.

Q: What is your favorite part about the game of basketball?
A: I like getting to the rim, driving to the basket. I don't mind getting hit, or knocked down in the lane. I'm a pretty big guy. I'll just get back up and shoot my free throws.

Q: Who is your favorite professional athlete, and why?
A: Jamont Gordon. He played at Mississippi State and he's playing overseas right now. He had a chance to go to the NBA, but got more money to play overseas. He is from Nashville as well, played at Glencliff High School. He helps a lot of the college players around the city with their games.

Q: What is the one thing that Middle Tennessee fans do not know about you that they might find interesting?
A: My parents are from Nigeria, and I like to play soccer. A lot of the guys get on me about that, but it takes a good athlete to play soccer. Also, I'm just a comedian. I like to keep my teammates loose. I'm the funny guy, and I've always got something to say.

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