Guard Jonas Parker has found a renewed desire for the game of basketball since transferring to Odessa College. The sophomore has found his niche in the starting lineup averaging nine points and five rebounds per game for the 14-3 Wranglers.
The Middletown, NY native stopped by the office after practice to talk about this season and his journey to Odessa College.
Q: Tell us about your journey to Odessa College and how you ended up here.
A: I was at NW Florida last year, I enjoyed it there but the coach and I decided that I should go elsewhere after the season was over. He has a good relationship with Coach Baumann and got in touch with him about me transferring to Odessa. Coach Baumann actually recruited me out of high school to go to UTEP when he was there and I saw him a lot last year at the gym recruiting other guys that I played with. After he (Baumann) knew that he was getting the job at Odessa, it made my decision pretty easy in coming here.
Q: What are your thoughts on the season and this team so far?
A: It has been a pretty bumpy roller-coaster, especially at first, but I think the coaches have done a good job at righting the ship. Coach Baumann has the guys buying in to what he is telling them and we are starting to come together as a team.
Q: What is it like playing for Coach Baumann (Bucket)?
A: He is a hard coach, which is something I have never had before. He pushes us as hard as he can and that was something that I had to get used to. After a while, I finally realized that he was doing this because he has our best interests at heart. He wants the very best for all of us, here at OC and in the future.
Q: What are some of your goals for the rest of the season?
A: I just want to be the best player at my position for this team. A lot of guys start thinking about next year and where they are going, but I am more concerned with winning and being a better team. All of those other things will figure themselves out.
Q: What are your plans after Odessa College?
A: I want to continue playing basketball, hopefully at the Division I level. I have always wanted to play at the highest level possible. After that, I think sky's the limit as long as I continue to perfect my craft and see where it leads me.
Q: Do you have any pregame rituals?
A: I like to listen to music and sometimes I call my mom and talk to her. She does a good job of calming me down before a game.
Q: Do you have any hidden talents or things you like to do outside of basketball?
A: I like to draw. I don't do it as often as I would like to, school and basketball keep me pretty busy.
A: What do you like about being at Odessa College?
A: The coaches and my teammates make me feel like I'm part of a family and the teachers do a great job of helping us as student athletes. There are a lot of really nice people on this campus.
The Wranglers are back at home on Monday January 21st when they take on Clarendon College. The Men's game will tip at approximately 7:30pm.