Athlete of the Week Archive

Feb. 20, 2007

LARAMIE, Wyo. -


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Eric Platt


Growing up in Wyoming, what are your memories of Cowboy Basketball?
"I'd say the best memory I have was when they made it to the NCAA Tournament several years ago and beat Gonzaga, then almost beat Arizona. That was pretty special. I loved watching those games, but I loved listening to every single game as I grew up. When I came down to games in Laramie I loved the atmosphere that Wyoming fans created. It's a great atmosphere to be in and I'm glad I can participate in that."

How'd it feel to put on that Cowboy uniform for the first time?
"I definitely got some chills going because I had dreamed of that. There was a time when I didn't know what school I would go to, but I have to thank Wyoming for sticking with me through the adversity I had and it worked out for the best."

You were recruited by a lot of schools, including CSU. Did you ever consider going anywhere else?
"I did consider different schools, but going into my senior year I broke my leg and that became a pivotal point in the recruiting process. Wyoming just stuck with me through it all and I haven't looked back since."

What's been the most difficult place to play on the road so far this year?
"Air Force was pretty tough, and even though I had a decent game there those fans are just right in your face since it's such a small gym. Especially with the bench right by the students, it gets pretty crazy there."

How has the transition from Wyoming high school basketball to the NCAA Division I level gone for you?
"It's definitely been a big change. The speed of the game has been the biggest adjustment because Wyoming high school basketball isn't the fastest and coming to Division I has been a big step for me. I think I've improved a lot, but I have a lot left to prove and show what I can do, not only to myself but to all of the Wyoming fans."

What's your major?
"I'm still undeclared. Probably leaning towards business, but right now I'm just taking prerequisite courses and trying to figure out what I want to do."

What's been your favorite class so far at UW?
"I'm in a business and law class that is definitely pretty challenging, but I enjoy the professor and it's a pretty enjoyable class. I've liked learning about that subject."

What do you like to do with your free time?
"I'm a big music guy and I like watching any kind of movies with my girlfriend. There's not a lot of free time, but I like getting up a few shots when I can and working out during the summer."

There are 30 seconds left in a tie game with CSU and you get a steal and breakaway. Do you slam it or lay it in?
"I'll definitely slam it! I haven't had a chance to get one yet this year and I'm looking forward to that, but I'd definitely throw it down with authority, that's for sure."

What's your favorite place to eat on the road?
"Well, that's a tough one because it seems like every time we go out we only eat at Outback since Coach McClain loves to eat there. In Casper it was a treat for me to go there, but now it's just second nature when we go on the road."

Taco Bell, Taco Johns or Taco Time: Which is your favorite?
"I've got to stick with the original, Taco Bell."

What was the last CD you bought or downloaded?
"The new John Mayer CD, 'Continuum', but I'll listen to most anything."

Beyonce or Carrie Underwood?
"Probably Carrie Underwood. I watched the Grammys and that was a sight to see, but really, how do you pick between those two?"