HOUSTON - In a seven-part series, UHCougars.com will catch up with each of the seven newcomers of the University of Houston women's basketball squad prior to the start of the 2011-12 season.
UHCougars.com met with freshman center Voché Martin on Friday to discuss the upcoming season. Martin played at perennial power Duncanville High School in Duncanville, Texas, helping lead the Panthers to a combined 57-3 record and back-to-back district and regional championships.
Houston kicks off the 2011-12 campaign with an exhibition contest against St. Thomas on Nov. 7 and opens the regular season on Nov. 11 against New Mexico State at Hofheinz Pavilion.
UHCougars.com: What have been the differences so far between practices in high school and college? Voché Martin: "College practice is definitely more fast-paced. The drills are pretty much the same but we definitely have to go at a faster pace than what we did in high school."
UH: What has been the biggest challenge for you so far in preseason practice?
VM: "The speed. You definitely have to keep up. They stay on me because they want me to sprint every single time and that's not the easiest thing to do, but it needs to be done so I don't complain."
UH: Have you specifically targeting anything in your game that needs improvement?
VM: "I come to the gym every Wednesday and Friday when I don't have classes and I get on the gun and put up about 100 to 300 shots a day."
UH: What are you most looking forward to about the upcoming season?
VM: "I'm anxious to see what college life is about and how it's going to be on the court. I'm looking forward to this year's team and what we can do."
UH: How has the team chemistry been with so many newcomers?
VM: "I think we get along great. We have a lot of team chemistry. We spend a lot of time with each other off the court and outside of practice. We communicate with each other well and everyone gets along, so it's pretty good."
UH: What's it like playing for Coach Buchanan?
VM: "I love Coach B. Off the court, he's the sweetest guy you will ever meet. On the court, it's a little different. He'll yell and you've got to learn to just shake it off, but he's great. I love him so much."
UH: What made you choose to play collegiately at the University of Houston?
VM: "They were recruiting me first and they stuck to me the most. I felt like they really wanted me. When I came here, they made me feel at home and the program was really good last year. They won conference and it was Coach B's first year so he seemed like a really good coach. I also like the style of offense we run."