By GEOFF MEHL, Staff Reporter
Last season Darryl Mobley Jr. was playing basketball for Henry Ford Community College. This season he has become an impact player for the University of Michigan-Dearborn men’s basketball team. The junior transfer had a big week from Nov. 11-15, scoring 34 points, four assists, three boards, and two steals.
After his performance, Mobley Jr. was nominated for the Michigan Journal’s Player of the Week series. With 69 percent of the vote, he took home the honors.
Staff Reporter Geoff Mehl spoke with Mobley Jr. after being awarded Player of the Week.
Q: Where are you from and what high school did you attend?
A: I am from Detroit, Michigan and attended Thomas M. Cooley High School.
Q: What was it like finding out you were the Player of the Week?
A; I was shocked. I actually couldn’t believe it. Most of the guys on the team were talking about it, and I didn’t want to jinx myself by adding my comments to the discussion. I’m proud of myself and happy that I received this level of recognition for my talent with basketball.
Q: What has the transition from HFCC to UM-Dearborn been like?
A: The transition has been quite a challenge for me. First with adjusting to the academics and as was as accepting roles on the basketball court as to where I fit in best. Getting used to this will take time but I love the challenge, so I’m ready. I didn’t expect things to happen so quickly for me, but I’m glad that I am here, and I’m willing to see how far I can go.
Q: Outside of basketball, what are your hobbies or things you like to do?
A: I’m a writer. I enjoy writing poetry and short stories and watching movies. I dream of becoming a Newport columnist someday, so I exercise that daily.
Q: What are your goals beyond college?
A: I really don’t know. If basketball goes well maybe overseas and if not then writing is a must. I love it, and I see myself going far with it. I started early my freshman year in high school with the school newspaper, so I want to take this as far as I can.
Q: Who is your favorite NBA player and why?
A: Well he’s not in the NBA anymore but my favorite player is Richard Hamilton due to his mid-range jump shot. It’s a lost art to the game, and he was great at it and so am I.
Q: Do you model your game after anyone in the NBA?
A: Everyone says that I remind them of Jamaal Crawford for my nice three-point shot.
Q: Did you play any other sports in high school, and do you like any other sports?
A: Yeah, I played football for a year and ran cross country. I loved playing football but basketball is the game for me now.
Q: What are some of your goals as a basketball player at UM-Dearborn?
A. To change the environment. I want to bring a winning spirit to this school and bring back the pride in our sports teams. I want to be remembered for never backing down and always fighting to the end. I want people to feed off of that and respect the love I have for the game. Most of all, I want to value my education and show people that I am not just here for sports and that is first. I never had a red carpet effect ever while playing sports, so to have this honor I am thankful for it all.