Men's Basketball

Up Close & Personal with Aaron Willey

Banner Elk, NC--Today we meet up with 6'4 freshman Aaron Willey who is seeing significant playing time for the Bobcats. Willey, a Kingsport, TN native, attended Sullivan South High School playing for Mark Pendleton, a former player and assistant coach for Coach Polsgrove. Willey, with 6-8 shooting from the charity stripe, helped the Bobcats grab a victory over Erskine College on Monday night.

1. What made you decide to come to Lees-McRae?

I came to Lees-McRae because I liked the idea of a small college for a better education and also getting to play basketball.

2. How long have you been playing basketball?
I have been playing for 13 years.

3. What are your personal goals for this season? My personal goals for this season are to stay eligible, shoot at least 40% from behind the arch at least 60% for field goals, and maintain over 80% from the charity stripe.

4. What is your favorite memory here at Lees-McRae so far? My favorite memory is when we got up at 6:00 am and did fitness routine then went to the track while it was raining and ran sprints.

5. Who has been the most influential person in your basketball career? The most influential person on my athletic career was definitely my dad.

6. If you weren't playing basketball, what sport would you be playing? If I wasn't playing basketball I probably would play baseball. It's such a relaxed sport.

7. What is your major and what do you plan to do with your degree? My plan is to major in Political Science and then enroll in law school.

8. If you could go back to any point in history where would you go? If I could travel back in time I would go back to the days when the NBA was fun to watch.

9. What is your favorite book?
My favorite book is In Search of Respect by Philippe Bourgois.

10. What is your favorite food? I love chicken salad.

11. If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go? I would travel to London, England.

12. What is one word that describes you and why? Optimistic