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Know a Gamecock: Ieasia Walker

Women’s basketball freshman Ieasia Walker comes to Columbia from Amityville, NY. A 5’8 guard, Walker averages 4.5 points per game for the Gamecocks and has played in all 23 games this season.

Ieasia Walker 2010What is your greatest achievement so far?

Winning two national championships at the AAU level.

What is your greatest fear?

Getting injured.

What is the last song you heard?

Jay-Z – What more can I say

What is the last book you read?

Does poetry count? The last thing I read was a poetry book for English class.

What is a talent you’d like to have?

I want to be a better artist.  I’ve always liked to draw. I can draw good, but I can’t draw people really well.  I’d like to perfect that art.

What is your dream job?

To be a coach, maybe at the high school level.

What is your most treasured possession?

My iPod.I like to do sudoku puzzles and that game is on there. I have about 800 songs, videos, everything’s on there.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I wish I was taller.

What is one place you’d like to visit before you die?

Hawaii – i don’t know why. That’s what everyone says. It looks beautiful there though.

Name three people you’d like to meet.

Kobe Bryant, Sanaa Lathan (Love and Basketball is one of my favorite movies), President Obama.

What was your favorite TV show growing up?

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Everyone watched that.

[The Editor: Just to tie it all together – here’s a clip of the Fresh Prince playing basketball. Side note – why are basketball courts always so tiny on sitcoms?]

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Know a Gamecock: Sam Muldrow

Junior Sam Muldrow comes to the Gamecocks from Florence, South Carolina. The forward played for Wilson High School and is the cousin of former Gamecock and All-SEC player Carlos Powell. Averaging 9.4 points per game, he leads the Gamecocks with 3.3 blocks per game which ranks him second in the SEC and ninth in the nation. Muldrow is a sociology major at South Carolina.

Who’s an NBA player you’d say you model your game after?

Kevin Garnett – I like the way he plays. He’s a high energy guy.

[Editor’s Note – enjoy this highlight reel of Kevin Garnett.]

What is your greatest fear?

Dying.

What’s is your greatest achievement so far?

Getting a 3.4 in my classes this past semester.

What’s the last song you heard on your iPod?

Gucci Mane – Lemonade.

What’s one place you’d like to visit before you die?

Australia. I’ve heard it’s a beautiful place.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

My weight – I need to gain some more weight.

What’s your dream job?

Playing ball. [Editor: What if you couldn’t play pro ball?] Then I’d like to be a coach.

What’s your idea of a perfect meal?

Fried chicken.

What’s your routine like before a game?

Mainly I listen to music – I don’t have any kind of superstitions.

Name three people (dead or alive) that you’d like to meet.

Barack Obama, LeBron James, Nelson Mandela

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Know a Gamecock: Austin Steed

Today’s Know a Gamecock features men’s basketball junior Austin Steed. A 6’8, 235-pound forward from Hephzibah, Georgia, Austin is averaging just over 16 min per game. He averages 3.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per contest. He posted a season-high 10 points against Auburn on Saturday in the Gamecocks’ SEC opener. Austin is majoring in retail at South Carolina.

Which talent would you most like to have?

I’d like to be able to jump a little higher.

What’s your most treasured possession?

I’d have to say my faith. It brought me through a lot of things growing up – coming to college and becoming a man of God. Definitely my faith.

What’s your greatest fear?

I don’t really have a fear. I haven’t run across anything that really scares me.

What’s your greatest achievement so far?

Winning the SEC East Championship last season.

What’s one place you’d like to visit before you die?

Austria. Don’t really have a reason – I just want to go.

Name three people you’d like to meet.

President Obama and Gabrielle Union. [Editor’s Note – Austin couldn’t think of a third, so we let him off the hook on this question.]

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I don’t really want to change myself. I enjoy how I am right now.

Who is your dream date?

Gabrielle Union. Or Venus Williams.

You’re stranded on a deserted island. What are three things you have to have with you?

Definitely some type of food, my cell phone and my Bible.

What is your dream job?

I want to own my own business someday. I’m searching for what that would be, but I want my own business.

What’s your idea of a perfect meal?

Nice steak (medium well), baked potato and a salad.

Who is an NBA player you follow or model your game after?

Tayshaun Prince [Detroit Pistons].

[Editor’s Note – see below for some highlights of Prince]


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Know a Gamecock: Jewel May

Today’s Know a Gamecock features Gamecock women’s basketball junior Jewel May. Jewel is a psychology major from Conyers, Georgia. The 6’1 forward has started in all fifteen games for South Carolina this season.

What’s a talent you would most like to have?

I would love to be able to take off and fly. You wouldn’t have to sit in traffic or stop at red lights. I hate red lights. They give me anxiety.

What’s your most treasured possession?

I would have to say my family or the love of my peers – something intangible.

What’s your greatest fear?

Rejection. [Editor: Why’s that?] Because it hurts your feelings! When you get picked last or you’re the last kid on the playground, that hurts.

What’s your greatest achievement so far?

So far, I’d say being a student-athlete in college. Being successful in high school and now I’m here on a bigger playground and I’m still making it. We’ll see what happens later.

What’s one place you’d like to visit?

Fiji. Val’s [Nainima] from Fiji and I want to see where she’s from. Not the tourist part – but real Fiji.

What’s one thing you wish you could change about yourself?

That I could slow down. I rush a lot when it’s not necessary and it makes me all excited and hyped up. Sometimes if I just chilled out a bit, life might be a little easier. It’s on the court and off the court. I do everything fast.

What’s your dream job?

Either a sports psychologist or a school psychologist. I’d like to work with either athletes or children. When I came here, I wanted to do education to work with kids, but I took a sports psych class my freshman year and I just thought it was the greatest thing.

What are three songs on your iPod right now?

(Click for YouTube links)

Melanie Fiona – It Kills Me

K’Jon – I’ll Never Forget

Monica – One

Name three people you’d like to meet.

Oprah – because she saves lives.

Lisa Leslie would be a cool one because she’s done it all. But I do get coached by one of her contemporaries so I guess that wouldn’t be a big deal.

President Obama – I’m sure he probably has a lot of good stuff to say.

You’re stranded on a deserted island. What are three things you must have with you?

Cheesecake. Would I have reception on my cell phone? [Editor: Sure, why not?] Then I’d say my cell phone so I could call the helicopter to come get me. You know, because I have the number for the helicopter saved in my phone. And a friend.

What’s your pre-game routine or something you have to do for every game?

During the national anthem, I always say a prayer because that helps me focus. That’s what I really pray for – focus. I always have to wear pink shoe strings too.

What’s your idea of the perfect meal?

Cheesecake, cheesecake on the side with some cheesecake drizzled on there. I really do like seafood though and lamb chops. So if I could have some lamb chops, some lobster and cheesecake, I wouldn’t care what kind of drink, I’d be really happy.

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Know a Gamecock: Darian Stewart

Senior strong safety Darian Stewart is the feature in this week’s “Know a Gamecock.”  Stewart comes to the Gamecocks from Huntsville, Alabama where he played at Lee High School.  He is pursuing a degree in retailing.

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What player do you model your game after…
There’s a lot of different players that I admire.

Advice from a parent or coach that has stuck with you…
No matter how big you get, know that the Lord is bigger and don’t get too full of yourself.

What’s a word or phrase you overuse…
I use the “man” a lot, but that’s just me being country.  I use it at the end of every sentence.

What’s your greatest achievement so far…
Right now, I don’t feel like I’ve achieved a lot but I’m in the process of working at it. Hopefully, by the end of the season I’ll be able to say I’ve achieved something.

Which living person (or people) do you most admire…
My mom and my sisters.

What’s your greatest fear…
The Lord.

If you weren’t playing football, what sport would you play…
Basketball.

Place you have to visit before you die…
Africa and Brazil.

What’s your most treasured possession…
My phone.  I don’t know what I’d do without it.

What’s your motto?
Haha, I don’t have one.

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Know a Gamecock: Football Assistants

I’ve got a different take on Know a Gamecock this week.  Meet the football assistant coaches via video:

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Know a Gamecock: Brian Maddox

Junior tailback Brian Maddox is the feature in this week’s “Know a Gamecock.”  Maddox comes to the Gamecocks from Anderson, SC where he played at T.L. Hanna High School.  He is pursuing a degree in political science.  Maddox also received the Everyday Effort Award for the offense during spring practice this year.

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What player do you model your game after...
Walter Payton

Advice from a parent or coach that has stuck with you…
Work hard.

What’s a word or phrase you overuse…
“Man.”

What’s your greatest achievement so far…
Having the chance to play college football.

Which living person (or people) do you most admire…
My parents.

What’s your greatest fear…
Snakes.

If you weren’t playing football, what sport would you play…
Golf.

Place you have to visit before you die…
Italy.

What is your most treasured possession…
My life.

What’s your motto…
Work hard.

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