College Athlete of the Week: Charlie Enquist

  • By Scott M. Johnson Herald Writer
  • Thursday, December 8, 2011 10:15pm
  • SportsSports

Player: Charlie Enquist

Year, school: Senior, Washington State University

Sport: Basketball

Hometown: Edmonds (King’s High School)

What he did: Scored 20 points and added 13 rebounds to record his first career double-double in the Cougars’ 75-49 in over Eastern Washington on Saturday. The 6-foot-10 post player averaged 10.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per game during the Cougars’ current three-game winning streak.

What’s next: Enquist and the Cougars (5-4) host Santa Clara on Sunday.

Two-minute drill

You had 20 points and 13 rebounds the other night, marking the first double-double of your career. So are any of Klay Thompson’s school records in jeopardy?

Uh, no. Klay’s got records that are out the roof. Those are numbers that nobody’s even close to chasing right now.

Are you at least going to follow in his footsteps as another NBA lottery pick?

We can all hope.

What has it been like over there, now that Klay and DeAngelo Casto are gone?

You know how skilled they were. Whenever the offense seemed to be in a rut, Klay would hit a big 3. We have some shooters, but they’re not as consistent as Klay. We need our offensive players to get going more when the offense is stagnant.

You’re one of our few repeat winners from last year. So tell us: what’s new? Any new girlfriends? Job prospects? Tattoos?

No, I don’t have a new girlfriend. I’m single right now. I’m finishing my engineering degree (this week). So that’s new. Mechanical engineering, I’m finishing my degree. So that’s big. And as for tattoos, no. I don’t have any tattoos, no piercings. I don’t I’ve ever even thought of getting any.

Wow, mechanical engineering is a pretty tough major. So what’s it going to be like next semester with that off your plate?

Very easy. I’m planning on taking golf. I’m thinking about taking Psych 101. Classes like that. Maybe basket-weaving. I’m even looking at a scuba class.

Some of those are jokes, right? Those aren’t all real classes.

No, I’m just kidding. But I am starting to take scuba next semester. That’s a real class.

Where in Pullman does a person take scuba classes?

The swimming pool. It’s in PEB, the Physical Education Building.

Of course. Well, one thing that’s new over there is your football coach. Is Mike Leach stealing a little bit of the basketball team’s thunder right now?

I feel like the football team needs it right now. Everyone’s just electric. Everyone is excited about his arrival. It’s bringing excitement to the whole athletic department, even the basketball team.

So what hire would be the basketball equivalent of Mike Leach?

Wow. Hmmm. Maybe it’s like Coach K. I have no idea.

Coach K? That’s a pretty big name.

Hey, (Leach) has been to 10 bowl games in 10 years. You don’t get much better than that.

Your first double-double coincided with the weekend Leach was hired. Not the best timing, huh?

No, but I’ll take it whenever I can get it; that’s hard to do. I’m glad I was able to do it. It’s better than never.

How were you able to put up those numbers?

Just getting a lot of dishes from my teammates. They would drive the lane, dish the ball, and all I had to do was lay it up. They did all the hard work. They’ve been trying to give me the credit, but I’ve been trying to give it back to them. They were the ones doing all the work.

How much have you developed as a player since last season?

The big thing with me is my head. Mentally, I can get a little flustered at times. Everyone says that: ‘You’re a good player, but your head gets in the way.’ So I’ve been trying to relax and to move on to the next play.

What’s up with the Pac-12? It seems like every year the conference gets off to a slow start.

Geez, I don’t know. I’ve been here awhile, and it seems like every year there are smaller schools that are beating someone. And this year, it seems like everyone is getting tripped up. But as soon as we get into conference play, it always seems to pick up. I think when we get into the conference season, the teams will get a lot better, it will be really competitive, and there will be some teams that get back up in the rankings.

So where will the Cougars fit into the pecking order?

We were picked tied for 10th (in the Pac-12). We like being the underdog and proving people wrong. I’ve always been an underdog, and I feel like this team has always felt like underdogs. So we’ll take it. We’re going to be better than people think.

Are you going to miss Reeves Nelson if he’s still suspended into the conference season?

I like getting physical down there, so I will miss him. He’s a good player. He’s a little bit nasty down there. I think I will miss him a little bit.

Who do you like banging against the most?

The Huskies, for sure. I don’t have a certain person. It’s just because of my local ties. My brother goes to UW. I’m from the Seattle area, so everyone is all, ‘Go UW!’, even though they didn’t go to UW. So I’d have to say the Huskies.

How about Derrick Williams? I bet you’re not sad to see him gone.

No. That guy was a load. He could jump out of the gym and do everything. I’m glad he’s making his millions now.

Hey, you might be too. You’re going to be a lottery pick, right?

That’d be nice.

Actually, with a mechanical engineering degree, you’re probably in line for some big paychecks anyway. You’d probably have to take a pay cut to play in the NBA.

Yeah, that’s for sure. (Laughs) Actually I’m trying to get into med school.

Well, then, you’ll really be in the big bucks.

I hope. I’m just trying to figure out a plan for after college. What that is, I don’t know.

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