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Santa Barbara, Calif.
CF.C: Why did you decide to transfer to WSU?
Rochestie: Because of Tony Bennett, because of the style of players that were here, and I wanted to come to a school where if the team got rolling the whole town would gather around it and become a basketball town and I think that's what this place is turning into."
CF.C: What effect did Hurricane Katrina have on you and your friends at Tulane?
Rochestie: "Well it really flipped my world around 150 degrees. It was really hard to leave friends and family from there afterward and it really gave me a better perspective on life."
CF.C: What is the best advice your parents have ever given you?
Rochestie: "Um….Well my dad always says, 'If you score more points than the other team, then you are going to win'."
CF.C: What are your least favorite and favorites parts of practices?
Rochestie: "My least favorite part would have to be when we stretch, because I am just anticipating the beginning of practice. My favorite part has to be just doing a defensive drill and getting a big stop, and having the team get really excited."
CF.C: As a kid, did you play any video games?
Rochestie: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ... everyone was playing it. It was at all the pizza places and at every birthday there would be a big arcade and everybody would be playing it."
CF.C: What is the best game you ever played in?
Rochestie: "The best game I ever played in ... wow ... I would have to say an overtime loss during my sophomore year of high school. It was just an overall great game; we had a miracle shot that I made to put us into the first overtime. We ended up losing the game but it's a game I will remember for the rest of my life."
CF.C: What is the biggest shot you ever made?
Rochestie: "The biggest shot, besides the high school one, I would have to say ... (while at Tulane) I hit a game-wining shot against UAB (University of Alabama-Birmingham) and a game- winning shot against Houston."
CF.C: What is your fondest memory of 2006?
Rochestie: "I would have to say just stepping on the floor (in WSU's season opener) again against UAB, because it had been so long since I had last played and it felt good to be back on the floor."
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Hayden Eller, 13, is an eighth grader in Chelan, Wash., where he's a starting guard on his basketball team. His addiction to crimson and gray started four years ago when he attended his first game at Martin Stadium, a Cougar win over Idaho. His father, Jeff, is a 1985 WSU graduate. Hayden has named his dog Butch, and currently is working to turn his little brother and mom into avid Coug fans.