July 13, 2012
VUcommodores.com talked to all of the freshman basketball players who are in Nashville for school this summer and asked them all a few questions that we’ll post in the coming weeks.
First up is A.J. Astroth, a 6’6 shooting guard from Tampa, Fla, who is entering his second summer session at Vanderbilt. Astroth finished his first month of school last week.
Astroth, who played at Wharton High School in Tampa, is the school's all-time leading scorer.
We caught up with A.J. after a recent training session in the McGugin Center weight room.
How’s your first month of school gone? Have you had to adapt the way you study?
It’s gone pretty well. And yes, I have had to change. Time management has been the biggest thing, learning how to manage my time.
Has anything shocked you?
Not for the most part. It’s pretty much what I expected in terms of studying and school work. But, there’s also been a lot of writing and expanding on ideas in paper form.
Why did you choose Vanderbilt?
It’s the best of both worlds. Being in the SEC for basketball and at the “Harvard of the South” – getting a good education and playing at the highest level.
I saw that you picked up a basketball for the first time at the age of 13…Why so late?
I was a baseball player. My uncle played professionally for the Philadelphia Athletics, and my dad played baseball, so I started playing baseball. All of a sudden, I started growing taller, and then I started playing basketball. I’ve loved it ever since.
Describe your game and what you do well.
I would a say a lengthy shooter who can stretch the floor, as well as someone who can attack the basket. I’m just trying to make plays.
You list your best non-athletic talent as playing video games – what’s your favorite video game?
If it’s not NBA 2K, it’s definitely Call of Duty.
In the past, FIFA has been a big deal with the guys. Is that still the case?
I’ve played it a little bit. It’s in the locker room, but I haven’t played it in a while.