MarquetteHoops.com caught up with Brice during the recent awards banquet.
Brice on whether his walk-on status affects his off-season workouts:
"I work out with [the scholarship players] all the time. We all have individual workouts. The only difference is if they get extra time scrimmaging five-on-five while I'm in class. Then I have to come in and do extra cardio on my own. Other than that everything that I do is exactly the same."
On his basketball focus this offseason:
"Personally, getting in shape… I might not be on scholarship as an elite athlete like everyone else, but my own conditioning is something that I can control. And I know that if I'm in the weight room every day and spend time after on a treadmill or a bike everything else will fall forward after that. And obviously shooting and ball-handling are things that I always want to try and get extra time in for, be it after class or whenever I can."
On whether he could see himself in this situation coming out of high school:
"I really didn't. I only got calls about basketball from small division III schools – Rockford [IL] College and such. I really wanted to play here when I was younger. My sisters went here. It was something on my mind but I didn't really think things would turn out like they are now."
On why he decided to come to Marquette:
"I don't want to say it was basketball, although probably deep down it was. I made it into the physical therapy program and a lot of the schools that were interested for basketball either didn't have a physical therapy program or I didn't get into it. And I did really want to play here, so once I got in I knew that's what I wanted to do."
On his plans for continuing to play basketball:
"I have two more years of eligibility, but I'm pretty sure next year will be my last one. It'll be a pretty tough one because it's my first year of grad school. [In Marquette's PT program the final year of undergrad studies and the first year of grad school overlap.] Senior year will be my last year."
On how he balances basketball and his education:
"My freshman year I struggled a lot because I had 17 credits and 18 credits my first two semesters while managing. It takes just as much time [as playing]. Those guys work rally hard, and I did as well. And when I played I knew it was going to take up more time, so the summer before I took summer school classes on my own. Last summer I took two of the tougher classes that were available for physical therapy: Physics 001 and 002. This summer I'm going to try to take Physiology and hopefully get another job along with working summer camps at the Al so I can pay for it, and that will lighten up the load a little bit. I'm going to struggle with some anatomy classes, but I know it's all going to work out in the end. I'm able to see that. I know I'm not going to fail."
**Jeff Wolf is a sophomore-to-be majoring in Advertising.