Five Questions With Stan|
February 23, 1999
Recently texastech.com caught up with Stan Bonewitz and talked about his career at Texas Tech and some of his most memorable moments. Here are some of his comments:
Q: Talk a little bit about your career at Texas Tech.
A: It has been everything I expected and more. It's been fun. I have had the chance to play with some great players and I have been coached by a really good coaching staff. I have enjoyed all of my time here both on the court and off of it. I have made some good friends while I have been here.
Q: What do you think of some of your Red Raider teammates throughout your four years?
A: I am fortunate enough to have played with several players who have gone on to the NBA - Darvin Ham, Jason Sasser, Tony Battie, Cory Carr... It helped me a lot to see how they worked and how they approached every game. I was able to see how they practiced and really got after it. There were also a lot of guys that aren't playing in the NBA that really helped me out a lot, from my freshman year to this year. I learned a lot of stuff from all the teammates I have had.
Q: Talk about your thoughts of having played against some of the greatest names in the college coaching circles.
A: As a kid you watch a lot of those guys on tv. When I got into junior high I really started paying attention to some of those great coaches and I just dreamed about playing in the same arena as them. When I came to Tech, I knew with Coach Dickey that he was a big-time coach and I would play against a lot of other big-time coaches and that our program would have a great opportunity. And, playing in the Big 12, we are obviously playing against some of the greatest coaches in the nation. That first year, playing in the NCAA Tournament, to play against Dean Smith and John thompson was an honor. To actually beat Dean Smith was really a great feeling. Then my sophomore year, playing against Jerry Tarkanian... As a kid, I really loved UNLV when he was there with Larry Johnson and that team. To beat them was really fun. In the Big 12 we really go against some quality coaches with some great resumes.
Q: Who is the toughtest player or the player that you respect the most over the last four years?
A: I think there were a bunch of them. My freshman year I played against Allen Iverson, who became the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. To see what it was like and see a player that is that good. My sophomore year we played against so many quality teams and players. Guys like Chauncey Billups, Raef LaFrentz, Paul Pierce, Kenny Thomas of New Mexico and Chris Herren. We played against so many great players, guys that are or will be playing at the next level. Kansas, when they had Raef, Paul and Jaque Vaughn was a great team. Nate Erdmann (OU) played really well against us.
Q: Tell us the greatest team you played against and your fondest memory as a Texas Tech basketball player.
A: The greatest team that I played against would have to be the Kansas team we played here two years ago when they were No. 1 in the nation. That team, with Jacque Vaughn, Paul Pierce, Raef LaFrentz, Billy Thomas, Scott Pollard, Robertson was coming off the bench and Pugh. They were a team that kept coming and kept coming. They were so deep. Jerod Haase was also there. They just got after it. That is probably the best team that we played, but there were a lot of great teams. There have been a lot of great memories. Playing in the NCAA Tournament as a freshman and watching Darvin break that backboard. Many people don't realize it but my sophomore year we had a real good ballclub. We beat several top teams. We had Kansas down and probably should have beaten them. There have been so many great memories. The Kansas game this year was awesome. The way Rayford played in the second half was really unbelievable.