By RICKY LINDSAY, Sports Editor
Senior Jeff Fick was named the Michigan Journal’s University of Michigan-Dearborn Player of the Week after helping lead the men’s basketball team to two straight conference wins. He scored a career-high 16 points in a win over Madonna. The two straight conference wins were a first for the Wolverines since joining the WHAC in 2004. Sports Editor Ricky Lindsay had a chance to talk to Fick, who closed out his four-year career as a Wolverine last month.
Q: Where are you from?
A: Eastpointe, Michigan.
Q: What high school did you go to?
A: East Detroit High School.
Q: Did you earn any athletic honors in high school?
A: All-Academic First Team, All-Conference First Team, and Most Improved Player.
Q: When and why did you start playing basketball?
A: I didn’t start playing basketball until the seventh grade because my older brother played on the middle school team and I wanted to be just like him.
Q: Why did you come to UM-Dearborn?
A: I mainly came to UM-Dearborn because of the name on the degree, along with the tuition prices compared to Ann Arbor.
Q: What’s it like being the tallest player on the team?
A: I’ve always been the tallest player on any team I’ve playing on, so to me it isn’t anything special. I feel it was expected of me to block more shots and grab more rebounds simply because of this, however.
Q: When did you first dunk and what kind of feeling do you get doing it?
A: My first dunk occurred when I was in the eighth grade during a basketball practice. Dunking is quite exhilarating, especially in a game because not only does it motivate you, but it also motivates the rest of the players on the court with you and the bench.
Q: How do you deal with adversity as a basketball player?
A: There will always be adversity, no matter what you do in life. I just keep my head up and keep on doing what I know how to do well.
Q: Who was the most talented teammate you’ve ever played alongside?
A: The most talented teammate I’ve ever played (with) was Ethan Blackwell. He went on to play ball (in) NCAA Division-I at Texas Southern.
Q: Your team has traveled a lot during the season. What was the best road trip and why?
A: I personally think the best road trip of the season was when we went to play Cornerstone. We ended up leaving a day early due to poor expected weather conditions and stayed at a hotel. It’s always a good time when you’re with your entire team somewhere.
Q: What has been your best moment while playing for the Wolverines?
A: My best moment while playing for the Wolverines occurred this year when we beat Madonna. This was the first time we beat Madonna all four years I’ve played and I just so happened to score my career high that game.
Q: Your career with the Wolverines is over. What’s the next step for you?
A: I still have a year of academics left to complete, so I plan on being a normal college student for once and take care of what needs to be done. However, I know I will get that urge to play basketball, so I’ll be around whenever my teammates need an extra guy at an open gym.
Q: When you look back on UM-Dearborn basketball, what will stand out to you above everything else?
A: What will stand out the most to me is the fact that we continued to improve our overall record the past three years, along with our conference record. It’s always a good feeling knowing that I’ve helped lay a foundation for the returning players and those joining the Wolverine family in the future.