February 14, 2012

Q&A with Senior guard Lorne Merthie

Sanford, Fla., native Lorne Merthie will end his career as one of the top 3-point shooters in school history.  The 2009 Atlantic Sun Conference freshman of the year already ranks among the top-five Camels in career 3s made and attempted. On Feb. 9, he became the 25th player in Campbell basketball history to score 1,000 career points.

What are some of your best memories at Campbell?
Winning the A-Sun championship my sophomore year, even though it was a tie.  Now, I'd like to have a title without sharing it with anybody.  Also, the people around campus, the fans, the people who support us.

What are your future plans?
Hopefully to play somewhere after college.  If not, I look forward to coaching.

In what areas have you improved the most over your career?
Defense.  One of my goals was to become a better defensive stopper.

How have you helped the younger guys on the team?
Help teaching them how Coach works and what he expects.  I tell them to stay positive and that whenever your time comes; you've got to show the coaching staff that you're ready.  Give all you've got when you get your chance.

What's the most important lesson you've learned from Coach Laing?
Play your heart out.  Stay focused, on and off the court.

What was it like missing so much time last season and this year with your knee injury?
When I did get the injury, I kept saying to myself, your time will come.  I had my teammates, family and friends keeping me positive.  Just pray every night, going hard every day in treatment and therapy.  Now I feel like I'm starting to get the groove back to where I can help my team out even more.

Who are your favorite teachers at Campbell?
Ken Jones and Coach (Andrew) Carter

What's the best thing about being a student-athlete at Campbell?
Knowing that as a team fans look up to us and that we can relate to them.  Having fun around campus, you feel like you can interact with everybody.

What are the keys to extending the season as far as it can go this year?
Come everyday on and off the court ready to get better. Defense.  Playing as a team. Take one game at a time.