The 2014-15 college basketball season is officially under way, and teams are in full preparation mode for the upcoming season. Our Twitter feed was full of teams sharing photos of the guys back on the court, working hard to get ready for the upcoming season and we couldn’t be happier.
In the weeks leading up to the 2014-15 season, we will be reaching out to NCAA coaches, players, and fellow bloggers to discuss different things going on around college hoops. We will look at what people are expecting for the 2014-15 season to get their opinions on a wide variety of topics.
On Thursday, I had the pleasure to chat with Divine Myles, who is a freshman guard at Stetson this season. Coming off a strong high school career, Myles is looking to lead a young Hatters team in the 2014-15 season. We discussed everything from his high school awards and accolades, to his expectations for himself and the team this season, and everything in between.
Get to know Divine Myles, G, Stetson Hatters
Weight: 180 pounds
Hometown: Mobile, Alabama
Favourite Food: Barbecue ribs
Favourite Artist: Future
Favourite Movie: Money Talks
Favourite Athlete Outside of Men’s Basketball: Skylar Diggins
Biggest Basketball Accomplishment to Date: Becoming the #1 ranked player in the city of Mobile
CCR: First off, I’d like to thank you for taking the time out of your evening to answer a few questions! What was it that attracted you to Stetson over the likes of Auburn, South Alabama, and Seton Hall (among other schools)?
DM: Thank you, it’s my pleasure! I had a long, tiresome process. Many of the schools that recruited and offered me did a wonderful job of getting me to come to their school. But, I felt that I had a better relationship with my head coach at Stetson than the other high majors who offered me.
CCR: In your senior year of high school, your team lost in the 6A state championship. What did you take away from that game, and how has it helped you develop as a player?
DM: Well I give all the glory to God for putting me in that big time type of atmosphere to help me grow and mature as a player and also a young man. I watched the film numerous time from that game to see how I could improve my game. The biggest thing I saw was to be more vocal and assertive to take over the game more during those last final ticks on the clock.
CCR: Despite the loss, you had a strong high school career. First off, I’d like to congratulate you on winning the Mobile Optimist Club 6A Player of the Year award, and being named to the 2nd Team All-State by the Alabama Sports Writer’s Association. To what do you attribute your success throughout your high school career?
DM: Thank you, and I really appreciate you for congratulating me on my past success! I’m very thankful for all of my accomplishments, and I couldn’t do any of this without the help from God, who strengthens and encourages me every day to do what I do. I truly believe the reason for all of my success is because of my trust, faith, and strong belief in Christ.
CCR: On a young Hatters team, what do you hope to bring to the Stetson Hatters this season, and over the next four years?
DM: Well, like you said, we have 7 freshmen. From us coming from a down year, we hope to bring a bit of a spark to the program. Hopefully this year, we can turn heads and make a good run and push for the tournament. I know from me being the point guard, I have a big, important leadership role and have to make sure the tem flows smoothly so we can all be happy and share the wealth.
CCR: That ties right into my next question, and answers it a bit. Do you have any expectations for yourself going into this season?
DM: Yes I actually do. I hold high standards and expectations for myself for this year and I always have. I’m eager to see how I am going to perform on the collegiate level. I have been doing a great job in practice, facilitating my team and just being a floor general. I am going to keep continuing to work hard day in and day out and perfect my craft, and hopefully that will carry over into game time.
CCR: I’ve got an idea of how this one may go…in one word, or a few, describe this year’s Stetson team? And what can we expect from the team this season?
DM: IMPACTFUL! And we have a great group of guys. We practice so hard that the game should come easy for us when it’s time to suit up for official games. We are a hard-working group and when people have a chance to see us play, I believe they are going to be shocked to see how we play extremely hard and fearless. We have to do that in order to have a successful season and career. We have to play every game like it’s our last.
CCR: Stetson was ranked 8th in the Atlantic Sun preseason poll. Will that affect the team in any way, or serve as motivation for you nd the guys?
DM: Yes, we have it posted all throughout our locker room, of how the polls have us ranked at the very bottom, and I love it because people are expecting us not to really make any progress this year. That gets us fired up and highly motivated for the season to start so we can prove people wrong.
I would like to personally thank Divine Myles for taking the time out of his evening to answer some questions a university student from Canada wanted to ask. As you can see by his responses, Myles is a hard-working athlete who will do whatever he needs to do to be successful, whether it be in practice or reviewing film, or anywhere for that matter. I believe that he is one of those under-the-radar talents, and Stetson has found themselves a gem. I have no doubt that he will do big things with his basketball career, and I wish him, and his teammates, nothing but the best of luck this season and beyond.