Ryan Rosburg is enjoying a strong summer for the Tigers.
July 15, 2014
By R.J. Layton, Mizzou Student Assistant
Missouri junior forward Ryan Rosburg is the most experienced Tiger on the club this year, boasting 66 career games played, with 32 starts coming last year as a sophomore. MUTigers.com caught up with the 6-foot-10 forward to talk about his career in basketball and having the opportunity to play for his home-state university.
Q: What got you started with basketball originally?
RR: "I was always the tall kid, so basketball just seemed to fit. Growing up I was one of those kids who played every single sport you can imagine. My parents threw me in anything and everything. I ended up focusing on basketball. I started to love it and my brother was really good at it too so it was motivation to beat him."
Q: Who did you look up to while growing up?
RR: "My brother and my dad definitely because their paths were a lot like mine so it was relatable. Tyler Hansbrough was probably my favorite player because he was from Missouri and I tried to model my game after him."
Q: What was it like growing up with an older brother that you played with and against?
RR: "It definitely helped me because he was four years older. I would get into arguments with him while playing against him and his friends, so I knew had to step up and it helped grow up and mature as a player."
Q: What was it about Mizzou that drew you here? Why Mizzou over your other offers?
RR: "I was just always a fan. I knew I wanted to be somewhere close because I have a big family from St. Louis and them being able to come to games is big. I loved the coaches, the facilities and the campus. It was the perfect fit."
Q: How has getting major minutes and being a starter last season prepared you for your junior year?
RR: "It definitely helped a lot. It set plenty of groundwork. Now that I've been in those spots in big games, I can just build on it. Having that experience of being a starter is and playing 20-25 minutes a game is only going to help."
Q: What's been your impression of Coach Anderson through this offseason?
RR: "He's awesome. He's a down to earth guy. He's genuine and you can tell he cares because he'll go out of his way to make sure you're all right. He'll text you late at night and see if everything is okay. The main thing is that he has made me start to love the game again. Now it's exciting to go work out and go to practice. Something about the man just makes it fun to play basketball."
Q: What do you hope to accomplish over the rest of your career here at Mizzou?
RR: "My goals are all team-oriented. We just win a lot of games, win tournaments and win rings. I don't like to lose."
Q: How can you take on a larger leadership role this season?
RR: "By making sure everyone knows what they are doing. I have played in this league for two years so I have seen it all. I know what to expect on the road and I can just be there for other guys as a guy who has been through it all."
Q: What's it like battling against guys like J3, Torren Jones and Keanau Post in practice?
RR: "It's great. We have all four big guys back from last year. The four of us have been getting after it. One on one games are getting really physical and intense and that is what we need to be successful. We know each other's strengths and weaknesses so now we are battling and trying to get better every day."
Q: Talk about your major in college. What do you want do after basketball?
RR: "I'm a marketing major, but I'm trying to leave my future options open right now. Sports marketing would be interesting. Basketball-wise, playing overseas might be an option. You have to keep an open mind and look at the best long-term situation for you once you are done playing in college. So, all you Tiger Scholarship Fund members, keep me in my mind in two years if you need a marketing person!"
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