Getting to know Ejike Obinna

Oct. 9, 2017

Freshman Ejike Obinna begins his first season with the Commodores this fall and caught up with him to see what he is like off of the floor.  Vanderbilt has officially started practice for the upcoming season, with the Commodores' first regular-season game coming on November 10 against Austin Peay at Memorial Gym.

Favorite NBA team: San Antonio Spurs
The one NBA player you wished was your teammate: James Harden
Age I picked up a basketball: 12
I picked my jersey number because: I like 50.
When I was a kid I tried to be like: My Dad.
A few words that describe the way I play basketball: Hustle, Energized
What I need to improve on to be a better player: Shooting/Dribbling
The thing that impresses me most about Coach Drew: His personality.
Favorite part about playing at Memorial Gym: Love stage gym.
Favorite sport other than basketball: Soccer.
Favorite musical performer: Drake.
Favorite movie: Ratatouille.
Nobody can believe I watch this TV show: Game of Thrones.
Favorite midnight snack: Snickers.
Favorite thing about myself: Hardworking.
Dream Date: Rihanna.
Basketball Dream Team: The Spurs.
The best tasting food I can make: Omelette.
Favorite athlete to watch in another sport: Ronaldo.
Talent I’d most like to have: Soccer skills.
Favorite thing to do away from basketball: Play soccer in video games.
I’m as good as anyone at: NBA2K
My best non-athletic talent: Musician.
Favorite aspect of Nashville: Love the people and the food.
Superstitions: None.
The person I’d love to trade places with for a day: No one.
What I would do if I won the lottery: Change the lives of my family.
Ultimate vacation destination: United Kingdom.
The person(s) I admire most: Tim Duncan.
Career goal outside of basketball: Become a successful businessman.
The best advice I’ve received: “Try to be yourself and do not think about what people say about you.”
The most famous person(s) I’ve met: None.
Biggest influence in my life: My mom.
Most important thing I’ve learned since coming to Vanderbilt: Being thankful for who I am and
who I am becoming.
My advice to young people is: Work hard and believe in yourself.
Why did you choose Vanderbilt: I want to play for Coach Bryce Drew.
Other interesting facts about yourself (famous people you know, interesting hobbies, life-changing experiences): I love my privacy.




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