NCAA Q and A
Robert Morris's Mezie Nwigwe
Mezie Nwigwe (High Point)
6-4 Sr. G
Season: The Northeast Conference defensive player of the year is second on the team in steals and assists, third in points and fourth in rebounds
Fact: Part of senior class that has compiled 90 career wins, a Robert Morris record
First-round NCAA game: Robert Morris (23-11) vs. Villanova (24-7), 12:30 p.m. Thursday in Providence, R.I.
Favorite high school gym other than your own: "Mine wasn't even my favorite. I liked Oxon Hill and Flowers. Flowers was a new gym and was always packed, and so was Oxon Hill."
Most embarrassing high school basketball moment: "It would probably have to be my senior night. We were playing against Douglass and I got two technicals and got kicked out of the game."
Favorite high school victory: "Probably my junior year against Suitland [80-78]. Suitland was one of the top schools that year and nobody had us winning that game. We beat them at home in front of a big crowd. It was really important for all of us. Everybody was just happy, the whole school." The win came between 68-44 and 67-51 losses to Suitland that season.
Best D.C.-area player you faced in high school: Northwestern's "Jeff Green. He was so long and tall but he could dribble it also and his senior year he developed so much people didn't even know how to guard him. He was unstoppable. I knew he was going to be a special player."
Best piece of basketball advice that you got in high school: "An assistant coach told me that even though High Point wasn't a great program, no matter what something good is going to happen if you just keep playing hard. So I stopped worrying about everything else." High Point did not post a winning record during Nwigwe's time there.
High school loss that stung the most: "The Eleanor Roosevelt game [a 73-35 loss in the Maryland 4A South playoffs] that was the last game of high school. It was the end of my career. It was so intense. I put everything I had into it and we ended up losing. We still talk about it."