As we continue our series of Up Close interviews with the Bobcat
basketball team we meet up with sophomore captain Jesse Hoots, a
native of Yadkinville, North Carolina. After missing the first
seven games of the season with an injury, Hoots has returned to the
court as the starting point guard where he's dished out 44 assists
while averaging over five points per game himself. In the
classroom Hoots is pursuing a degree in business adminisration.
1. What made you decide to come to Lees-McRae?
I was praying about what school I should attend and God told me to
come to Lees-McRae.
2. What are you most looking forward to this
season? I am looking forward to seeing the hard work we
put in during the offseason payoff for us.
3. In which part of the game does your strength
lie? I think my strength lies in using the speed and
quickness God gave me, to play good defense and create open shots
for my teammates on the offensive end.
4. Who has had the biggest impact on your basketball
career? My dad has had the biggest impact on my
5. What do you do to prepare yourself for a
game? I usually listen to music and try to clear my head
6. What is your favorite part about being a member of
the Bobcat basketball team? I like pre-season.
7. What personal and team goals have you set for this
season? I want to contribute to a winning season in
whatever way is needed and to become a better player in every
aspect of the game.
8. What is the biggest mental challenge you face on the
court? Sometimes I want to try to thread the needle on a
pass when I shouldn't.
9. Who has been the biggest role model in your life?
How? My dad has been the biggest role model in my life
because of his consistent spiritual walk with the Lord.
10. What is your idea of a perfect afternoon?
I would like to do something active, eat a good meal prepared by my
mom, and then take a nap.
11. If you could try something new today what would you
try and why? I want to try whitewater kayaking because I
enjoy kayaking and whitewater rafting.
12. Who is your favorite NBA player and why?
Chris Paul is because of the way he controls the game as a point