Austin Konsor is a 6-foot-4, 184-pound junior forward at Underwood. He's helped the Eagles to a 10-6 record by leading the team with 16.3 points per game while adding 7.5 rebounds a night. He recently spoke with The World-Herald.
Q: Your team has won four in a row. What's caused the good play?
A: Well, since the break, I think we've been practicing a lot better. Our chemistry has gone up. We're just playing really well. We have confidence, and we believe in each other, and we believe we can win every game.
Q: You've increased your scoring by five points per game from a season ago. What went into the improved production?
A: I just got into every open gym I could, and I took the football season off to get into the gym and shoot. I tried to shoot every day, and I think I've matured a lot, too.
Q: How beneficial was it taking the football season off?
A: My body feels good. I've gotten stronger. My shot feels a lot better, and overall, I think it was a good decision not to play.
Q: It's been an interesting season in the WIC. Underwood, Riverside, Treynor and Tri-Center each have had solid years. From a player's perspective, what's the season been like?
A: It's awesome. There's a lot of competition going around. It just makes everyone better and gets them prepared for the offseason.
Q: What can this team do to improve by the postseason?
A: Don't give up. We've got four games left. We play Riverside one more time, and that'll be a huge game. We might end up meeting them in the postseason. We need to keep our heads up and believe we can win every game.
Q: Who's your pick? Ravens or 49ers?
A: I'd have to say the Ravens. I like Ray Lewis.
Q: Does either Harbaugh brother factor into your decision?
A: No, but I think that's pretty awesome to see that. Have a little sibling rivalry. But all in all, it's just a fun game to watch.
Q: Have you ever played with or competed against a sibling?
A: I have three brothers, and I got to play with my older brother (Matt). It was a pretty fun experience because we had challenged each other playing together as kids. It's really fun. The chemistry was always there with us.
— Patrick Donohue