Q&A with men's basketball sophomore Darius Leonard
Darius Leonard of Raleigh, N.C., has been at Campbell for a year now, and the transfer from Kent State is anticipating his first game action with the Camels after sitting out the 2011-12 season according to NCAA transfer guidelines. During a break between summer classes and workouts, Leonard provided some insight into his first year in Buies Creek.
Question: What prompted you to transfer from Kent State to Campbell?
Leonard: I was interested in Campbell coming out of high school, but I listened to everyone else's opinion. So when I decided to transfer, they were my first choice.
Q: What it was like sitting out last year and practicing, not being able to play in the games?
Leonard: It was hard. Watching the games and not being able to contribute. Then having to compete every day in practice.
Q: What areas of your game have you worked on?
Leonard: My shooting and attitude. My attitude was holding me back.
Q: What was it like playing against Eric Griffin in practice?
Leonard: Great. I feel like I learned a lot about myself. I saw many things he did that I need to develop.
Q: Who is the most impressive newcomer that has come in?
Leonard: Casey Perrin
Q: What's his game like?
Leonard: He reminds me of Amir (Celestin). Can score, but looks to pass first.
Q: What was it like playing at Kent State?
Leonard: It wasn't what I expected. I felt like I wasn't a contributor.
Q: Who is the toughest player you've played against?
Leonard: Justin Greene (of Kent State). No matter what he could find a way to score.
Q: What have you enjoyed most since you arrived at Campbell?
Leonard: Having the entire community rally behind the athletic program. Being in Buies Creek is really exciting.
Q: Describe your style of play.
Leonard: I would say I have an European post player style. I can play in the post, but I spent two years working on my jump shot so I try to use it.