Q&A with Scottie Wilbekin
Published: Monday, November 8, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, November 7, 2010 at 3:04 a.m.
Q: You've got a big new tattoo on your right arm. Would they not let you have that while you were in high school in Gainesville at The Rock?
A: Probably not, but my parents told me I couldn't get one until I was in college, so I waited.
Q: When did you get it?
A: About three weeks into Summer B.
Q: What's the significance of it to you?
A: I have this scripture, "To whom much is given, much is expected," so my mom was all right with it as long as I got that. Then there's three crosses for when Christ died, there were two crosses beside him.
Q: What's been the biggest difference between the Rock and UF?
A: Just playing against great players every day. Everyone else here was the best player in their high school, so you're playing against the top players in the country.
Q: Mike Rosario said that for the first few practices, you were staying low profile and just being a distributor. One day, you showed everyone how you could jump, and he's been trying to get you to jump more ever since. Is that true?
A: He likes it when I do a little windmill. I save that for after practice though.
Q: Is that something you might break out in a game this year?
A: Not a windmill (laughs). Maybe on a fast break, maybe I'll show you a little something.
Q: You've said in the past that playing at Florida was a dream when you were younger. How's it feel now that it's finally here?
A: I had to look at the jersey for a minute before I put it on. I've been thinking about it for a while, but it's crazy that it's finally here. It's definitely a dream come true.
Q: What is it like living away from home now, even though your family still lives in Gainesvile?
A: It's good. At least once a week I go home and have dinner with my parents. Sometimes they'll come on to campus and have lunch with me. It's nice having them here.
Q: Do you do your laundry or take it home?
A: The first two weeks I took it home. That was too much work, so I just started doing it here.
Q: What's been the biggest adjustment off of the court?
A: I would say the down time. You have a lot more time on your hands than in high school. Some days, I don't have classes, so I have time. I like that, though, because I can come in here and get some extra work in. It's nice.
Q: What about the biggest adjustment on the court?
A: Just how much bigger everybody is in general.