Saturday, February 1, 2003

Five questions with Hollis Price

Oklahoma senior Hollis Price has the Sooners gunning for a repeat trip to the Final Four, which this year is in New Orleans - his hometown. His crafty play and late-game heroics (with a little help from the clock operator) have made him one of the best players in the nation. He took time out of the Sooners' Big 12 Conference title race to answer five questions from the Enquirer's Dustin Dow.

Question: Where does the last-second shot you made against Texas Tech (Jan. 20) to send the game into overtime rank on your all-time list?

Answer: I put it up there with a pair of free throws that I made my freshman year against Missouri that sent us to the semifinals of the Big 12 Tournament. I knew when I got the ball that I had a chance to get down the court and make the shot. We do full-court dribbling in practice. I slipped a little bit when I got the ball, but I just thought about going as fast as I can.

Q: You had a freak arm injury a couple years ago after a collision. When you were hit hard in the eye in the Texas Tech game, did that bring back any memories?

A: It was scary, but I didn't think about it that much. I just lost my vision for a little bit, and I knew it was going to come back again.

Q: Who is the toughest player you have played against?

A: Well, I played against Michael Jordan in the summer. So he's pretty tough. In college, I would say Jamaal Tinsley at Iowa State (now with the Indiana Pacers). He is such a good point guard and can do things you wouldn't believe. It was like the ball was attached to his hand.

Q: How nice would it be to return home as part of the Final Four contingent?

A: That would be great to close out my college basketball career at home in the Final Four. It would just be amazing to play that in New Orleans.

Q: What is your favorite video game?

A: I play March Madness, and of course my team is Oklahoma. I had to cut myself off for a while, because I was playing it every day. But we're in the championship game, and I'm averaging 68 points.

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