This week's River Bank & Trust Athlete of the Week is Auburn High's Trevor Mashburn, a senior on the Tigers' basketball team.
Auburn Villager: What position do you play on the basketball team?
Trevor Mashburn: The fourth, so like power forward.
AV: In general, when did you get your start playing basketball?
TM: I grew up playing it. I played rec ball upward. I started playing in seventh grade when the basketball team started playing. I've played every year, and I've been on varsity since 10th grade.
AV: What do you like most about playing?
TM: I just like that it's fast. It's just fun and it's fast. I used to play baseball. But it's one of the faster sports, and I just like that it's action-packed, and I just like watching it.
AV: On the flipside, what is the most challenging aspect of playing?
TM: Staying in shape for it. Running because you have people who are a lot faster than you and you're trying to catch up to them down the court. You have to stay in shape because the sprinting is tough. That's mainly the toughest part.
AV: I guess Coach Chris Brandt keeps you all in shape?
TM: Oh yeah. We're running a lot of suicides every day.
AV: Did you have any role models growing up?
TM: I've been a big Lebron James fan just because, well to me, I would think he's the greatest of all time because he's my generation. I've looked up to him, and I think he's a great player.
AV: What about his game to you try to emulate?
TM: If I could dunk really well — I wish I could do that. But he's a good leader; he makes everyone around him better. He can lead a team that might not be the best team in the league, but he will be able to lead them to the Finals. I think he's a great leader.
AV: What did you work on during the offseason?
TM: I tried to work a lot more on my shot this year, so I'm trying to make it where I can stretch the floor a little bit more because before I could really just shoot in the mid-ranges. Because I run the trailer spot, I'm trying to make it where I can shoot threes a little bit better every once in a while. And I was trying to work on my free throws as well.
AV: Are you pretty excited about the season starting?
TM: Oh yeah. First game tonight. I'm really excited. It's going to be fun. I think we have a great team this year.
AV: What is the main goal both personally and as a team?
TM: As a senior, I want to lead the team, help the new guys because when I was in tenth grade — because we have a few tenth-graders on the team — I would just go really fast. I was kind of nervous about games. Personally, I just want to be a leader, help them grow. But as a team, I think that we have the talent and we've been working hard in the offseason to reach regionals and maybe go past that to the Final Four.
AV: Do you play any other sports?
TM: I played football till ninth grade. I played baseball last year; I don't think I'll play it this year, but I may. But we'll just see after the season how tired I am.
AV: As a senior, do you know what you want to do yet after graduation?
TM: I've applied to Auburn, and I'm trying to study mechanical engineering. But that could always change.
AV: Do you have any hobbies outside of sports?
TM: I like playing video games, all the sports games. I like hanging out with friends.
Interview by Brian Woodham