Student-Athlete of the Week

Nov. 22, 2011

Laramie, Wyo. -

Athlete of the Week

Arthur Bouedo

You are in your senior season here at UW and have a whole new coaching staff, how are you feeling about this season?
I feel very good and confident in the group of players and the staff that we have this season, and I am proud to be around those people for my last season at UW.

What would you like to do after your time at UW is over?
I would like to play basketball at the highest level that I can until my body won't let me, while getting a masters on the side and figuring out what is next.

What has been your favorite thing about Wyoming?
The weather...just kidding. I would have to say the people; they have always treated me right and were very nice to me since the day that I first got here.

What is your home town like?
My home town is called Aix-en-Provence; it is located in the south of France. It is beautiful and right by the Mediterranean Sea.

What is one thing that France has that you wish the U.S. had?
The food! It is really one of the things that I miss.

What is something about your team that most fans might not know?
There are a lot of things that come to mind, but if I had to pick one it would be that after every practice or game we come together as one and someone leads a prayer.

What was the transition like for you from France to the U.S.?
It was pretty easy; I am not the kind of person who has a hard time to adjust. The hardest thing was to learn the language but it was a pretty fun experience, so overall it was a pleasant adventure.

Has your family been able to travel to Laramie to watch you play? How many times have you been able to go home since you have been here?
My father has seen me play twice since I have been here, my little brother came with him the second time as well. My mother, little sister and little brother came to visit me this summer, but did not have the chance to see a game yet. I have gone home twice since my freshman year but once was to join the French national team, so I did not have very much time to spend with my family.

If you were to recommend a European vacation, where would you tell people to go?
I would tell people to go to the south of France, especially Aix-en-Provence. If you do not like it I will give you a full refund! (Not really, but you will love it)

Playing collegiate basketball has allowed you to travel to many different cities, where has been your favorite so far? Why?
I would have to say Las Vegas, just because of how special the place is, and because our conference tournament is located there. It is always a special moment of the year.

What has been your favorite class you've taken? Do you have a favorite professor?
I liked that one class and that one professor; I will keep their names for myself so that every professor that reads this interview can think they are the one that I am referring to... haha

Do you have any pre-game rituals?
Kind of, I don't know if it is a ritual. I always try to be one of the first guys at the gym on game days; it gives me time to focus on the task coming up and to get some shots up.

What has been your biggest accomplishment in basketball?
One of them would have to be being a part of two National Championship teams in 2003 and 2004.