Q&A With Nick Sinville



Jan. 21, 2003

A native of Shreveport, La., senior Nick Sinville joined the Green Wave for the 2000-01 season, red-shirting the year as a transfer from the University of Minnesota. Last season, he immediately moved into the starting lineup, averaging 9.5 points and 5.5 rebounds, despite battling injuries throughout the second half of the year. This year, his numbers have gone up once again as he has started every game for the Wave and leads the team in field-goal percentage.

What has been your most memorable experience in athletics?
My most memorable experience in athletics would have to be the summer after my junior year in high school. I know it was a long time ago, but I was at the ABCD summer camp and I was at the top of my game. I felt like I was unstoppable and I could score at any time.

What is your major?
Organizational information technology. I wanted to get into the field of computers because I think that is the future. If I try to get in now, using my degree from Tulane, it will probably help me a lot in the workforce.

What is your favorite book?
The Autobiography of Malcolm X, which I read the summer of my freshman year. It was about the trials and tribulations of his life and how he came through all of that and how he turned the negatives in his life into something positive. And it ended up being negative again at the end when he died.

What are your favorite non-basketball activities?
On the weekends, I try to see the newest movie that's out or make it a Blockbuster night with a couple of my friends.

If you could play another sport at Tulane, regardless of your actual skill level in that sport, what would it be?
I like both baseball and football. I have never played baseball before, but I guess if I had to pick one, I would like to play baseball.

What are your plans for after you graduate?
I am going to play basketball to the point that I can't play anymore. I will also put in applications to various jobs in various cities, but my first plan is to try and play basketball overseas somewhere.

What kind of music do you listen to?
I'm an R&B guy. Most of the guys on this team like rap, but I think it is just Byron [Parker] and I that like R&B, the R. Kelly's, the Genuine's and the Usher's and stuff like that.

Why did you choose Tulane after beginning your collegiate career at Minnesota?
It was closer to home and it was a school where I felt I could get a lot of playing time, where I could showcase the skills that I have. I had playing time at Minnesota, but it wasn't the kind that I wanted, but I came down here because one of my high school coaches, Brock Kantrow, was here. Unfortunately, he left and Coach Finney stepped in, but it has been smooth ever since.

Do you follow any personal philosophy?
As far as basketball, or as far as anything, I just try to give it my all to anything that I do.

Who has had the most influence on your life?
"My father and my grandmother. Early in my life, I was with my grandmother; she raised me; she taught me life's basic lessons. During high school, I moved in with my father and he did the same.

What is your favorite movie?

What is your favorite sports movie?
Any Given Sunday.

What is your favorite tv show?
Martin, I don't really watch tv that often, but when I do, it is definitely Martin.

What actors or actresses do you most like to see in movies?
Mike Epps or Bernie Mac. Mike Epps played in the Friday movies and Bernie Mac, everybody knows about him, he is just funny. My actress would be Halle Berry, because she is just gorgeous and beautiful.

What is your favorite food?
Chicken alfredo.

What is your dream vacation destination?
Definitely Hawaii. I have been trying to get there since I have been in college, on spring breaks and stuff.

If you could have dinner with any three people, who would they be?
People who have always been there for me; my father, my grandmother, and probably Coach Kantrow.

Who is your most interesting teammate?
That is a tough question, but I guess I would have to say B-Spann [senior Brandon Spann]. He is just a character; he says some outrageous things and it makes you wonder if he is really from Planet Earth.

Who is the most interesting member of the coaching staff?
That's another tough one. I would probably have to say Coach Finney with his antics in practice; the way he acts sometimes, especially when he tries to imitate us and stuff like that. It's just hilarious.