This week's Athlete of the Week is Lee-Scott senior Jamey Joseph, who plays center for the Warriors' basketball team
The Auburn Villager: When did you start playing basketball?
Jamey Joseph: I've been playing since Pee-Wee. I started on varsity in eighth grade, so I've been playing a long time.
AV: Have you always been taller than peers and playing center?
JJ: Not really. I'm a short center for our area.
AV: What do you like about playing center?
JJ: You see the whole court. You're the protector of the rim.
AV: Did you have any basketball players you looked up to?
AW: My first year, I think I was 5 years old. I think I was playing in a little rec league team.
AV: Did you ever have any point guards in the NBA that you looked up to?
JJ: Brittney Griner when she was big because she could dunk. That was cool.
AV: Have you ever tried dunking?
JJ: I can touch the bottom of the net. That's all I can do.
AV: What's the most challenging part about playing center?
JJ: I'm a shorter center; that's the hardest part. I'm bigger, but everyone in my region is taller than me. I've just got to play big and be tough down there.
AV: Do you ever wish you could go out on the wing and throw up a three-pointer?
JJ: I don't know. Sometimes i think Coach (Corye) Ivatt's going to let me this year because I can make some of them. I think I'll get to sometime this year.
AV: As a senior, have you taken on more of a leadership role?
JJ: The seniors, we've been playing for so long together. At this point, we've always kind of had to take the leadership role. Everyone knows.
AV: Are you excited the season's started?
JJ: For sure. It's kind of sad because it's our last year. But we're ready. We're so excited.
Interview by Brian Woodham