5 Questions with Andre Young

CUTigers talks with freshman guard Andre Young about a variety of topics.

Through his first 16 games of his freshman season, Andre Young has provided a valuable spark off the bench for head coach Oliver Purnell and the Clemson basketball program.

While just now starting to come into his own, Young already has written his page in the Clemson-Carolina rivalry with a 13-point outburst that helped the Tigers beat South Carolina for the fourth consecutive year.

Recently, CUTigers sat down with the talented freshman to get his thoughts on his first year as a Tiger:

Coach Purnell talked Saturday about how impressed he was with the fan turn-out lately, and no doubt this team has been attracting a crowd. What's it been like to watch your fan base grow this last week?
Young: I was definitely surprised. It gets me pumped to know the fans are really getting into this Clemson basketball program. I knew coming into Clemson that it was a football school, so it's pretty cool to see how we've gathered so much support. I definitely wasn't expecting to see so many people at the N.C. State game, even though it was an ACC game—they aren't necessarily one of the top caliber ACC teams we'll be playing against this season, so it was pretty cool to see that support.

"They are going to be coming with the emotional push because they're going to be pumped [after the win]. So really we're expecting everything and more from them. We just know we need to come out, play our A+ game as well, and really take it to them." - Andre Young on Wake Forest.
How has this team remained unbeaten through a pretty difficult schedule so far?
Young: It's definitely taken a lot of hard work, discipline, and listening to Coach Purnell and making sure we go along with his style of play. We really have to think of the team and not just individuals. It's been a long road and we still have a long way to go. I'm just proud of this team and how far we've come, and I know we can continue to keep it going.

This past week was just the first week of your second semester as a freshman; has it been difficult getting used to your academic schedule while balancing it with practice and games?
Young: No, not really actually. I would say that the first semester really helped me and I kind of know what to expect now. I've gotten a good idea of how much I need to study, and I have a better idea now of how to balance basketball with my classes and balance, just as importantly—getting rest. I've really realized how important getting the right amount of rest is. I'm thankful that balancing hasn't been hitting me as hard as it did first semester.

What are your thoughts on Wake this weekend?
Young: We're expecting their A+ game. We're still undefeated so we definitely have a target on our back, and everyone is out to beat us right now. Wake's going to be coming off the UNC game. They are going to be coming with the emotional push because they're going to be pumped [after the win]. So really we're expecting everything and more from them. We just know we need to come out, play our A+ game as well, and really take it to them.

You and Tanner Smith are both key freshmen on this team, but are also roommates and close friends; how does that friendship off the court build good chemistry between you guys on the court?
Young: We always talk to each other about the games once we get back to our room. We talk about what we did well and what we did badly. We're always there to help each other with our problems and situations. We're always trying to consistently encourage one another, and then we just try to go from there.

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