Question: Is this your second senior day?
CJ Gettys: “No. I didn't have a senior day my first go-around. This will be my first, my last. I'll make the best of it.”
Q: What was it like, your time at Rutgers?
CG: “It was fun. It was a different experience, for sure. I had a great time. I helped rebuild this program and turn it around in the right direction. Hopefully these guys will continue it moving forward.”
Q: What are the emotions?
CG: “My mom and dad are going to be here. I'm not a very emotional person. It probably won't hit me for a long time down the road looking back and wishing I could do it over again. It will be emotional for my parents. I appreciate everything this school has done for me, the coaches have done for me, and I couldn't be more thankful. I just really appreciate it.”
Q: How have you adjusted to Big Ten play?
CG: I'm getting in the rhythm of the game and the feeling of the Big Ten, playing against bigger guys. It's something I haven't been able to do the past four years. I've enjoyed it. It's been a challenge. If I could have done this all four years initially, then I definitely would have.”
Q: What has it been like being a fan favorite with the students?
CG: “It's been crazy for them to show the amount of support they have for a guy that's only going to be here for one season. It's been fun for me, and hopefully I made it fun for them. That's the whole point. Hopefully they continue to support those guys.”
Q: How would you describe your relationship with DeShawn Freeman?
CG: “It's been amazing. We started on day one and it's built throughout the year. It's been a great ride. I wish I could get another year somehow, miraculously, but unfortunately that's not possible. I'll definitely come out and support my guys, especially DeShawn, next year.”
Q: What can you take away from the Maryland game going into Illinois?
CG: “We've got to get on the backboard. The past couple of games, we've been out-rebounded. We haven't been cracking the glass like we normally have. We've got to get back to that. Maryland, we limited our turnovers really well. I don't know exactly what we shot from the free-throw line. We've just got to play hard. I've just got to leave it all out on the court, my last game at home, my last home game of my career. It's definitely not the last game of my career. Hopefully we make a run in the tournament, but we've got to come out and play hard and get this one for me and Khalil [Batie].”
Q: Did you see a lack of toughness against Maryland?
CG: “Yeah, I think we played very hard the first half. We were only down by four at halftime. We came out in the second half, and we came out flat. They went on two scoring runs to start the second half. They swung a punch and we didn't swing back right away. I think that really hurt us. It put us in a hole we couldn't pull ourselves out of.”