Joe Alexander: "My athleticism progressed with how hard I’ve worked"

Joe Alexander: "My athleticism progressed with how hard I’ve worked"
May 23, 2008, 09:31 am
Joe Alexander Workout Article

DraftExpress: How long have you been out here in Vegas working out with Joe Abunassar?

Joe Alexander: A week and a half.

DraftExpress: What have you been doing since the season ended?

Joe Alexander: I spent the first month in Morgantown working out by myself and with teammates, and I wanted to do something more intense so I came out here.

DraftExpress: What’s the biggest difference you’ve noticed between your college workouts and your workouts here?

Joe Alexander: They’re pretty similar to Huggins’ workouts, he does a lot of NBA stuff. Other than that, the biggest difference is that we go all day here, we go from 8 till 4

DraftExpress: What are the things that you have been working on most?

Joe Alexander: They’ve been focusing a lot on shooting for everybody. With me I’ve been trying to do a lot of everything; off the dribble, post up, as well as shooting.

DraftExpress: What kind of shape do you think you’re in right now?

Best shape I’ve been in a long time. Definitely game shape.

DraftExpress: Do you think it’s a good thing that you got out of Morgantown for a while to get yourself prepared for the draft?

Joe Alexander: It’s good because you have structure here, in Morgantown I was on my own as far as scheduling my work outs, so its easier when you have other guys around you equally as motivated as you.

DraftExpress: How did your coaching staff feel about you coming out here?

Joe Alexander: They told me to definitely come out here. They knew it was a good program.

DraftExpress: How have you been educating yourself on the draft process, how it works, what the time table looks like?

Joe Alexander: I think I’ve come a long ways as far as knowing what goes along with it. Towards the end of the season I didn’t know anything, but after talking to all these guys in the business, I think I know what’s going on.

DraftExpress: How do you think you stack up, as far as the draft is concerned.

Joe Alexander: I definitely belong here.

DraftExpress: In terms of the draft, what is your mindset, what kind of situation would you like to step into?

Joe Alexander: I just want to step into a team that has good team chemistry and where everyone is focused on winning, because I think I could really contribute and step in and play my part.

DraftExpress: What are three strengths of your game?

Joe Alexander: My biggest strength is my versatility. I can post up smaller guys and I can take bigger guys off the dribble. My other strength is ball-handling. I can get rebounds and bring the ball up myself if I need to. And a third I think is shooting, as far as my three point range, I think I’m underestimated.

DraftExpress: What about three areas of improvement?

Joe Alexander: I want to continue to improve everything, including those three strengths. The biggest thing right now is even though I feel I’m physically ready to play in the league I still want to become someone who can dominate physically in the league, so I need to get stronger.

DraftExpress: Some guys are better work out guys than 5 on 5 guys. How do you think your game stacks up as far as a work out is concerned?

Joe Alexander: I think I’ll look good in a work out, and in 5 on 5. I think I do my best in a team setting, where we run plays.

DraftExpress: What kind of feedback have you been getting from NBA teams so far?

Joe Alexander: Mostly positive feedback, I’m just hearing stuff through the grapevine.

DraftExpress: Projecting you five years from now, what do you see as your role in the league?

Joe Alexander: I definitely see myself playing a big role on a good team, being an energy guy, and a defensive guy, as well as a guy who steps up and does other things that need to be done.

DraftExpress: Who is a player that you admire and respect?

Joe Alexander: Matt Harpring, because he’s basically in the league off toughness and being a team guy. He passes the ball a lot, runs the floor, he does a great job.

DraftExpress: What is your thought process about the advantages of staying in the draft?

Joe Alexander: Well the advantage would be doing what I’ve wanted to do my whole life, which is playing in the league.

DraftExpress: What is the advantage of coming back for one more year?

Joe Alexander: I get to play under Huggins and the rest of his staff, who I can’t say enough about what they did for me this year and also I get to play with my teammates at West Virginia, my best friends

DraftExpress: What stands out to you the most, what is the biggest thing you’ve learned from Huggins?

Joe Alexander: My biggest thing is that when a coach tells you something, you need to take it upon yourself to make sure they don’t need to tell you again. When a coach tells me to do something, I implement it in my game immediately.

DraftExpress: What is the one thing you’ve learned from Coach Beilein?

Joe Alexander: I learned a lot of the basics from Beilein that I didn’t know coming out of high school, as far as how to read screens. He also helped me with my three point shot.

DraftExpress: Your story is unique as far as going to prep school and not being a major player in high school. What advice can you give to similar players who want to take their game to the next level?

Joe Alexander: My best advice is just never give up. If you’re young and you play ball, you’ll go through all sorts of ups and downs.

DraftExpress: Were you as athletic in prep school as you are now?

Joe Alexander: No, my athleticism has progressed with how hard I’ve worked on it.

DraftExpress: Best moment on the basketball court?

Joe Alexander: My favorite moment was in our Auburn game when our team just clicked like never before, every person was living up to their potential.

DraftExpress: What is the one thing you think you need to learn the most as a human being?

Joe Alexander: The purpose of life?

DraftExpress: And as a basketball player?

Joe Alexander: The only thing you need to learn is how to win.

DraftExpress: Who is your favorite person in the world?

Joe Alexander: My Dad.

DraftExpress: Favorite basketball player?

Joe Alexander: My brothers

DraftExpress: Thank you Joe. Best of luck.

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