Gary Ervin talked to the media about his impressions of Starkville after living in Brooklyn, New York, being thrown in the fire as a freshman, what expectations he has of himself his first year at State and how he has done against Timmy Bowers."> Gary Ervin talked to the media about his impressions of Starkville after living in Brooklyn, New York, being thrown in the fire as a freshman, what expectations he has of himself his first year at State and how he has done against Timmy Bowers.">

Newcomer Gary Ervin

<img src="http://www.genespage.com/images/01players/basketball/garyervin.jpg" align="left" width="120" height="160"> Gary Ervin talked to the media about his impressions of Starkville after living in Brooklyn, New York, being thrown in the fire as a freshman, what expectations he has of himself his first year at State and how he has done against Timmy Bowers.

Talk about your impressions of Starkville after living in Brooklyn, New York.
"It is not real big and has a slow pace, but in prep school I had to deal with the same situation because I was in a small town. The things you do are go to school and play basketball. It wasn't that big of a difference. When I was in New York, I was in a big city, but once school starts and the season start, you have practice and go to school so the only things you can focus on are books and basketball."

It looks like you are going to be thrown in the fire right off the bat at point guard.
"I knew I was going to be in that situation. In prep school, it was the same way. Now, I'm going to be in a different environment, the crowds are different. I'll have to learn a lot of new things."

What expectations do you have of yourself coming in here your first year?
"The only expectation that I have are coming in is helping the team, whatever it takes. All the individuals things I put aside."

How much have you and Timmy played against each other and what were the results?
"We've played three games. Two of the games were close, 1 to 2 point games with one game getting out of hand. It was a good experience. I usually don't play one on one, but when you have one of the best guards, not only in the SEC but in the country, and you are playing against him, it is only going to get you better."

How has playing against him helped you improve?
"He has the ability to beat you off the dribble and shoot a jump shot. There are not a lot of people who elevate so high off their jump shot. With me not being 6-3 or 6-4, it is kind of hard for me to block his shot."


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