Aug. 9, 2011
Editor's Note: This is the first installment of a four-part series as Gophersports.com gets to know Gopher Hoops newcomers Joe Coleman, Andre Hollins, Andre Ingram & Julian Welch. An on-camera interview with Mike Grimm is also included.
Gophersports.com: What was the deciding factor to attend the University of Minnesota?
Joe Coleman: "I really had a good feel for the school as a whole."
GS: What are your goals as you get ready for your freshman campaign?
JC: "I would say just getting ready for the grind physically and mentally. I know that it is a longer season."
GS: You will have the opportunity to travel to many other universities. Which school are you most looking forward to playing?
JC: "Definitely Ohio State."
GS: Minnesota has rivalries with many schools. Which rivalry are you looking forward to participating in?
JC: "Wisconsin. Half of my family lives there. Hopefully they cheer for the "U" though."
GS: Is there a particular player that you pattern your style after?
JC: "Not really. I watch a lot of players and try to take in as much as I can."
GS: Howard Pulley is over. How did your team do? Also, were you able to play with any of your new teammates?
JC: "We did alright. We were all new to the team so it was a learning experience."
GS: Do you have any pregame superstitions?
JC: "I always put my left sock on first and then my left shoe."
GS: Do you have any hobbies outside of basketball?
JC: "I really enjoy going to movies."
JC: "I pretty much eat anything so it is hard to narrow down a list of favorites."
JC: That 70's show
Cartoon as a kid?
JC: Tom and Jerry