Steve Tchiengang became the Commodores' first commit for their 2008 recruiting class. Techiengang took time out his busy schedule to go one on one for a quick Q&A with VandyMania.com.
Q&A With Steve Tchiengang
SM: With several of the nation's top programs in the running for your services, what major factor(s) helped you decide that Vandy was the place for you?
ST: I really felt good about the relationship between the coaching staff and myself. They really made me feel comfortable. I just felt like the program had a lot to offer me.
SM: What was the coaching staff's reaction whenever you informed them of your decision?
ST: They were very happy… They were very overwhelmed when I told them the good news. Everyone was very excited.
SM: Who's been recruiting you primarily from the Vandy coaching staff?
ST: Coach Stallings, Coach King, and Coach Muller were the main ones staying in contact with me throughout the process.
SM: You possess quite a unique skill set on the hardwood, how does Vandy plan to utilize them?
ST: I think they are going to really help me improve on my versatility so I can create a lot of mismatches on the floor. However, they didn't say exactly what position I was going to play. They just said that they wanted me to be a "Basketball Player" and that they want me to help out wherever I can.
SM: How do you feel now, knowing that your decision is behind you?
ST: It feels like a big weight has been lifted off of my shoulders. It's like a big sigh of relief. I feel really blessed right now.
SM: Now that your decision is behind you, what have you been focusing on lately?
ST: On the court - I've been working very hard on improving my game so I can be more efficient on the college level. I've also been preparing for my upcoming season with Montverde Academy.
Off the court - I've been working on my maturity level so I can be a responsible person in college.
SM: What do you plan on studying at Vanderbilt?
ST: I would like to major in two things. My two choices would probably be Business and Engineering. I plan to talk with the advisors to see how I can make this happen.
Congratulations to the Vandy Coaching Staff on a job well done. Keep up the great work." – VandyMania.com Staff