I want to congratulate my man Josh Privee on his graduation from the STAAR program (Students Transitioning to Age Appropriate Routes) this evening. I have known Josh since our days at E.O. Smith High School where he dominated the Unified Basketball court. Unfortunately, graduation ends an illustrious career that included a game winning shot (more below) and knockout win over professional basketball player- and 7 footer- Ryan Olander. I caught up with Josh back in March where we discussed playing style, favorite players and more: Note: While Josh alluded to his strong sense of humor, he wanted to keep the interview serious in nature.
Is basketball your favorite sport or are you just best at it?
What is your favorite Unified Sports memory?
We played East Hartford in the last home game of last year. I swished a last minute buzzer beater for the win!
I heard you are an All Star floor hockey goalie, would you rather make the game winning save in a shoot out or hit a game winning three pointer?
Definitely make the game winning save in a shoot out.
Who is your favorite professional/college player?
My favorite professional player is no doubt #6 on the Miami Heat, Lebron James and my favorite college player is of course my man Tyler Olander of the UConn Huskies.
Imagine you dunked on Tyler Olander, how would you celebrate?
I would get right up in his face and say, “yo you got dunked on by a guy whose 5’9”.
What NBA player do you most closely resemble?
Lebron James. We both can knock down step back jumpers or drive to the hoop. We are also both tremendous shot blockers and can steal the ball from right in front of you.
Who is your favorite E.O. teacher to play against?
Mr. DeLoreto because he is fun to play with and always encourages me.
Who wins a three point shooting contest between you and Shaun Davis?
Shaun because he has a better three point shot. My game is more drive and mid-range.
How would you guard Josh Privee?
Get right up on me and don’t let me blow by you. Whatever you do, don’t let me get to the rim.
How far do you have UConn advancing in the NCAA Tournament?
Men: Elite Eight Women: National Champions
What are your plans after graduation?
I run track and field for the Special Olympics so I am going to stick with that and hopefully move into better compeition. I also hope to get a job.
Congratulations again to Josh on his graduation and I will see you at the MCC next week!