In the spotlight this week is student-athlete Casey Core Kim, a senior center on the Auburn High basketball team
Auburn Villager: When did you get your start playing basketball?
Casey Core: Probably around sixth grade in rec league.
AV: What got you into playing basketball?
CC: My dad.
AV: What do you like most about playing?
CC: I like being around my teammates.
AV: What's the biggest challenge about playing center?
CC: Your teammates are counting on you to get the rebound and scoring in the post if they miss their shots.
AV: What do you like most about playing center?
CC: I like being the tallest person.
AV: Do you ever step outside and shoot from the perimeter?
CC: We have one play that I get to step outside and shoot the three.
AV: Is it challenging to step outside a take the long shot?
CC: It is. I'm not used to being out there.
AV: Did you have any role models growing up in basketball?
CC: My brother.
AV: What did you learn from watching him play?
CC: Being aggressive.
AV: How is the season going so far?
CC: It's going great. I'm averaging a double-double, and I'm starting to get teams looking at me for school.
AV: What is the goal for the rest of the season?
CC: State championship.
AV: You said you have teams looking at you. Do you know what you want to do yet after you graduate?
CC: I don't know what I want to do yet.
AV: Do you play any other sports?
CC: I run track, the 100 and 200.
AV: What do you like about running track?
CC: It's an individual thing, so you push yourself.
AV: What's the biggest challenge about running those distances?
CC: Just really like injuries. There are a lot of hamstring injuries in the short distances.
AV: You're about 6-1. Can you get close to dunking?
CC: Yeah. I'm close.
AV: What would it feel like if you got a dunk?
CC: It would feel great.
AV: Any hobbies outside of sports?
CC: I like eating.
AV: Favorite food?
CC: Probably hot wings. They're so good.
Interview by Brian Woodham