Basketball: 20 Questions with Emerson Murray

Today we chat with . . .

Year: Freshman
Position: Guard
Height: 6-3
Hometown: Vancouver, B.C.

If you could play 1-on-1 with any player in basketball history, who would you choose? Kobe Bryant.

Hypothetically, I have $10 to bet on who wins. Tell me why I should consider you: Because I’m probably going to take it a lot more seriously than Kobe Bryant playing me.

What’s your basketball career highlight so far? Getting to have a workout with Jason Kidd.

Who’s the best dunker on the Cal team? Richard Solomon.

What’s the most consecutive free throws you’ve ever made? I hit 59 with my dad out on the driveway. I was 16. We’d shoot until we miss. I at least wanted to get to 60.

Give me one word that describes coach Mike Montgomery: Intelligent.

When you’re not playing, do you prefer to watch college basketball or the NBA? College basketball is really growing on me know because I’m here. I was a big NBA fan, a Lakers fan.

When you were younger, other than basketball, what was your favorite sport to play? I did a lot of track just because my dad was a track athlete and I was always around a lot of track athletes. I’ve never played ice hockey in my life.

In one word, describe how good you were at that sport: Mediocre.

Aside from you, who is the best athlete in your family? My older brother Leo definitely is a better athlete than I am. He did track. He was (Canada’s) top long jumper for his age from 15 to 18. He jumped 7.20 meters (23 feet, 7 1/2 inches).

Before basketball, what did you first want to be when you grew up?  When I was a real little kid I wanted to be an inventor. I wanted to invent something to make something to make people fly.

Greatest vacation you’ve ever taken?  Where did you go?  Who was along? I went to Jamaica in fifth grade with my family. I got to to see where my dad grew up. He’s from Kingston. I got to see the nice weather, the nice people, the country.

What’s your favorite place to eat on or near campus? I eat a lot at Chipotle. I was against Chipotle when I got here. I kind of got sucked into it.

Favorite Cal class? African American studies. It’s so in-depth, so knowledgeable. It was the first class I can really say I loved going to.

The best movie you’ve ever seen? My favorite movie is Stepbrothers. I’m a big Will Farrell fan.

The worst? Dance Flick. It was a parody of dance movies. I left after 15 minutes.

Your favorite TV show? I was a big fan of Martin.

Your favorite website? Probably NBA.com. I’m always on NBA.com.

Are you on Facebook or Twitter or both? Just Facebook. I’m not a big Twitter fan. I don’t know if I understand it yet.

What was the last book you read that wasn’t assigned? I read the biography of Allen Iverson. That was real interesting, about his life and what you have to go through to make the NBA.

Jeff Faraudo