Up Close & Personal with Josh Kurtz

Today we meet up with junior captain Josh Kurtz. The 6'8 center hails from Oak Ridge, North Carolina. Kurtz is an elementary education major at Lees-McRae with plans to either teach or go to divinity school after graduation. Join us as we get to know him Up Close & Personal.

1. What made you decide to come to Lees-McRae College? I decided to come to Lees-McRae College to further my education and play the game that I love... Basketball!

2. What are you most looking forward to this season? I am most looking forward to playing with the new and improved team. The coaches did a wonderful job of recruiting this past year, and I am ready to play with the returning players, upper-class recruits, and new freshmen.

3. In which part of the game does your strength lie? The strength of my game lies in my communication skills. Whether I am encouraging a teammate, calling out a play, or just telling someone where to go...I believe communication is one of the keys to success in the game of basketball.

4. What do you do to prepare yourself for a game? Before a game, I focus on the game plan coach has issued us and mentally focus on how to win, encouraging myself and teammates.

5. Who has had the biggest impact on your basketball career? My dad has had the biggest impact on my basketball career. Ever since I was a little kid, he was always shooting with me, encouraging me, and coaching me. He is my hero and best friend.

6. What is your favorite part about being a member of the Bobcat basketball team? My favorite part about being a member of this basketball team is the friendships I have made over the years I have been here. Even the basketball alumni who have moved on still keep in touch with me on a regular basis. It is a great feeling to know you are part of a family.

7. What is the biggest mental challenge you face on the court? The biggest mental challenge I face on the court is myself. That is why it is important to prepare myself for each game and be fully aware of the game plan.

8. Who has been the biggest role model in your life? How? Again, my father has been the biggest influence on my personal life and basketball career. He has always been there for me and has never forced anything on me that I did not want to pursue. He is a great man of faith and is a wonderful family man.

9. What is your idea of a perfect afternoon? My idea of a perfect afternoon is playing some basketball, watching college basketball on TV, and hanging out with my girlfriend.

10. If you could try something new today what would you try and why? If I could try something new today, I would try Turducken (the Turkey, duck, and chicken all in one).

11. Who is your favorite NBA player and why? My favorite NBA player is Steve Nash. His work ethic and energy on the floor is evident in every game, and I would love to receive passes from him.