Knowing the Newcomers: Pat Birt|
Aug. 7, 2013
UICFlames.com: You were a First-Team 5A All-State selection from Texas at Plano East High School. What made come halfway across the country to UIC?
UICFlames.com: Talk about your interactions with head coach Howard Moore during the recruitment process and how it is today.
UICFlames.com: You averaged 17 points and seven rebounds per game during district play of your senior year of high school and were named MVP. How would you describe yourself as a player and what are your strengths?
UICFlames.com: How have you been getting along with your new teammates this summer?
UICFlames.com: Junior guard Marc Brown is also from Texas – Has he been able to help you in the transition to Chicago?
UICFlames.com: What do you see as the teams’ strengths for this season?
Pat Birt: I think we have good size and good shooters. The Horizon League is known for being guard-heavy, but I feel like we have good post players. We also have great size on the perimeter.
UICFlames.com: What has been your favorite Chicago experience so far?
UICFlames.com: What do you plan to study here at UIC?
UICFlames.com: UIC had the best record in the city of Chicago last year among all Division-I programs and the 12th best turnaround in the country. With you and the other newcomers now on board, talk about where this program is headed under Howard Moore’s leadership.