Posted On: 11/26/16 5:46 PM
After his 39 point performance in a loss to IMG Academy, I got to talk to Collin Sexton about the game, as well as his decision to go to Alabama, and what he can learn from former NBA PG, and current Bama head coach Avery Johnson.
Prep Hoops Florida: What was it like out there to play against Trevon Duval and IMG Academy?
Collin Sexton: It was a really great experience playing against the top ranked guard in the country. I felt like we fought the whole game, we fought till the end. No complaints from me at all. Everyone contributed, we could have won. We were going at it the whole game, he’s a really good guard, can’t take a thing away from him. We just kept pushing each other the whole game. I’ve got to know him a bit at Team USA basketball, and I’d been waiting for this game. People had wanted to see this for a while now.
PHF: You said you’ve been looking forward to this game for a while, how cool was that atmosphere to play in?
Sexton: It was a great atmosphere, the fans were right up on you. I really loved that because it felt like we had a home game, that’s how our games are pretty much every game.
PHF: You scored 39 points tonight, but I know you’re always looking for a way to play better, was there anything that you think you would change if you went back and played it again?
Sexton: A few things really, transitioning back on defense after shots rather than trying to go for the steal, stuff like that. I’m going to work on it as the season progresses, and become a better player.
PHF: You just committed to Alabama, how good does it feel to get that decision over with so you can focus on basketball?
Sexton: I felt like me deciding where I’m going, it relieved my senior year. I’m not getting any calls any more. I can focus on school and basketball. I can really continue to grow as a player without having to worry about calling this coach back or that coach back. I needed to commit early, and that’s what I did.
PHF: Heading to Alabama next year, what do you feel like you can learn the most from Head Coach Avery Johnson?
Sexton: I feel like I can learn how to make quicker decisions at the point guard position. He can help me on the court, as well as off the court. When I was there, we got to watch a little bit of film, and he picked out stuff here and there that he could help me with there in the future, so I felt like it was the right decision for me. Really just teaching me how to make shots for myself as well as my teammates and get everyone into the flow of game, as well as lifting my teammates up.