July 31, 2013
UICFlames.com: Talk about your decision to stay in Chicago and play for UIC.
Lance Whitaker: I had great contact with UIC throughout my recruitment process. It seemed like a great fit with the coaching staff and also my friends and family being so close by. To have my family watch me play was the deciding factor.
UICFlames.com: What is your intended major here at UIC?
Lance Whitaker: I’m majoring in Business Management and I’m really excited to start those classes.
UICFlames.com: Talk about your interactions so far with head coach Howard Moore.
Lance Whitaker: Coach Moore is a very personable guy and he was interested in developing a relationship with me, which was very important to my family. Not everybody has the opportunity to play for a coach like that so I feel fortunate.
UICFlames.com: You’re known as a good on-the-ball defender, what are some of your other strengths as a player?
Lance Whitaker: I try to play intelligently and I constantly evaluate the situation. I also feel like I’m a tough player and can bring a defensive spark when needed.
UICFlames.com: What has been the biggest transition from high school practices to college practices?
Lance Whitaker: I’d say getting used to the speed. Everyone is a lot better and faster so it takes a little time to adjust, but I appreciate the challenge and look forward to improving.
UICFlames.com: How have you been getting along with your new teammates?
Lance Whitaker: Everyone has been very welcoming and we’ve been forming great chemistry. It helps when you have a good group of guys around you in a new situation.
UICFlames.com: What do you see as some of the teams’ strengths?
Lance Whitaker: I think we will be able to get up and down the court this year. It’s going to be exciting for our fans because of all our speed. We have some great guard play along with some good post players and that should be fun to watch.
: Talk about how you’ve seen the Flames progress over the past few seasons and where it’s headed under Coach Moore’s leadership? Lance Whitaker
: Coach Moore and his staff have done a great job and we have a very bright future. I think this group has a lot of potential and will set the tone for future teams.
UICFlames.com: Now that you are living in downtown Chicago, what has been your favorite experience so far not relating to basketball?
Lance Whitaker: The city has a lot of great shopping. As a kid, I went to Michigan Avenue a few times, but now that I live downtown I can go there whenever I want.
UICFlames.com: Last question, favorite Chicago restaurant and why?
Lance Whitaker: Pizzeria Due. My family and I would always go there and it’s my favorite Chicago pizza spot.