Get to Know Maverick Ahanmisi

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As a freshman in 2010-11, Maverick Ahanmisi was thrown into the spotlight after the Golden Gophers' senior point guard, Al Nolen, suffered an ankle injury. The experience he gained last year has helped Ahanmisi to be a bigger contributor as a sophomore. Get to know the Minnesota guard better in this video and Q&A. Ahanmisi talks about his freshman year, his California roots, and more.

Q: How important was it for you to gain point guard experience in the Big Ten as a freshman?

A: It was very important, because now I know what to expect, and things that I didn't know last year are going to really help me this year throughout the season.

Q: Are you okay with playing both guard positions?
A: Definitely. I feel like I can play point guard or shooting guard, whatever Coach would want me to play.

Q: Are there any particular opponents you are looking forward to facing?
A: Ohio State. They're always a competitive team. Purdue. Just everybody in the Big Ten, really.

Q: What are some of your favorite drills to do in practice?
A: My favorite drill would probably be shooting on the perimeter with the point guards, where Coach splits us up into guards and post moves. We'll start down low and pass it up top, and then we'll curl. First we'll shoot twos, then threes, then fade and curl, and things like that. That's my favorite drill.

Q: Does anyone ever tell you that you have the coolest name on the team?
A: Yeah, a lot of people say that all the time, actually.

Q: Do you know what you are going to major in yet?

A: I'm undecided right now, but it's probably somewhere in business and marketing.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do with your teammates outside of basketball?
A: It's been a recurring thing--we always try to find scary movies that come out, and we always go as a team and watch it.

Q: What is the scariest movie you have seen?
A: "Paranormal Activity 3."

Q: Did any of your teammates scream?
A: Yeah, Andre Ingram screamed.

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