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Jan. 6, 2010
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - After practicing and learning coach Eddie Payne's system for over a year and a half due to being ruled ineligible by the NCAA, senior guard Cedric Koffi finally got a chance to suit up and step on to the court.
In his first career start, the native of Paris, France, scored 12 points, complimented by three steals. Koffi was a big part of the Spartans rally, as ETSU's 15-point lead evaporated and the two teams were tied with less than a minute to go. However, the Spartans came up empty on their final two possessions and ETSU escaped with a one-point win.
Koffi and his teammates return to the court on Thursday afternoon at Belmont. Tip time between the Spartans and the Bruins is scheduled for 4:15 p.m. (CT). The Spartans will close out the Music City swing at Lipscomb on Saturday night at 6:15 p.m. (CT).
Koffi recently sat down with Alex Edwards of Upstatespartans.com to discuss his first game in a Spartan uniform as well as plans for the future.
What it was like for you to finally suit up in a Spartan uniform and see action in a game?
How do you feel the team can build on the success you guys had in the second half of Monday's game with ETSU as you fell just short in your comeback efforts against the defending A-Sun Champions?
What was the deciding factor that brought you to Upstate from Sheridan College in Wyoming?
This is your senior season, what are your plans after graduation?
Do you prefer watching college basketball or NBA? Why?
If you were able to spend the day with any athlete, who would you choose and why?
If your teammates were to use one adjective to describe you, what would they choose? Why?
When you are not on the court or in the classroom, what do you find yourself doing?
If you could travel to any place in the world, where would you go? Why?
What advice would you give to younger basketball players that desire to play collegiately?