Sam Brincks is a 6-foot-6 junior forward at Carroll Kuemper. He leads the Knights (8-6) with 17 points a game and is second on the squad with 6.8 rebounds a game. He recently spoke with the World-Herald.
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Q: In Tuesday’s game against Atlantic, nine juniors and seniors played for Kuemper. How much of a benefit is it to have that many upperclassmen playing big minutes?
A: It’s great for leadership. I think they do a lot for our team, and on the court it makes things easier when they’ve had so much experience on the varsity level. They can give you advice and help you out on the floor as much as they can.
Q: You’ve got some size. When did you experience your most significant growth spurt?
A: Probably from eighth grade to sophomore year. In eighth grade I was maybe 6-foot-1 or 6-2.
Q: You were also a standout offensive tackle and defensive end for a football team that made it all the way to the state semifinals. Do you prefer football or basketball?
A: I’m not sure right now. It’ll depend how the basketball season ends. Football went really well, and it was a lot of fun. Right now, it’s probably football, but basketball before this football season was always my favorite.
Q: Who do you look up to in basketball?
A: I really admire Doug McDermott and what he’s done (at Creighton). He wasn’t really looked at as much of a threat at the college level until he got to college. He’s a great shooter, and I’d like to develop a shooting ability like he has.
Q: What do you like to do away from the basketball court?
A: Just hanging with friends and chilling out. It’s hectic during the season, so whenever we get some time, we like to watch basketball or football. Things like that.
Q: The team is 4-4 in its last eight games. How can this squad finish the year strong?
A: Just effort, heart and passion. The regular season is such a grind that if we can get to the postseason with confidence and a little swagger in the postseason, I think we can make some noise. Our schedule will prepare us in the postseason a lot.
Q: What did the deep postseason run in football do for you as an athlete?
A: It was great. In football, it made us love the sport so much more. Our interest and passion grew with every game. Our want to be there and our will to win grew with every game.
— Patrick Donohue