Check out the transcribed video interview below.
Allie Krings: How has the season gone?
Joe Girard: We played really well as a team and we’ve had good momentum since the second session where we went 3-1. We started to get it going and ever since then we’ve carried the momentum. Coach Hart and the rest of the coaching staff have done a great job of making sure we play how City Rocks’ basketball is supposed to be played.
Q: What do you bring to the City Rocks?
JG: I try to be a leader and score the ball, those are my two strengths. That’s what I’m being recruiting for, being a leader and being able to put the ball in the hoop. I just have to play my game, and that’s what I think I do for the City Rocks. I just try to lead my team.
Q: I don’t think you have to say it as much as the stats show it. In your junior year you scored 50 points per game, that’s an astonishing number. Tell us about that.
JG: I was just playing my game. In high school, it relies more on me. We play a fast-paced game at Glens Falls. I appreciate my teammates and my coaches. We didn’t have anyone that was jealous about it or play outside their role. We all played our roles and thats why we won so many games.
Q: When you play in the EYBL, you can’t score at that level. What do you do to adapt and still excel at?
JG: Like I said, try to be a leader and play your game. You can’t step outside of your boundaries because that’s when things start to go negative, and you get your weak spots shown. You just have to play to your strengths and not try to do anything you can’t do.
Q: We can always hear the City Rocks team, the bench is really loud and the team is always supportive. Is there a specific teammate that you enjoy playing with?
JG: I love all my teammates, every single one of them. There’s not one that stands out from the rest, but I just really enjoy every single teammate. The way we play together is definitely something that’s pretty special. At the same time, I’ve become really close with guys like Isaiah Stewart, Mika Adams-Woods and Xavier Mayo, just because we played on the same team last year. Isaiah and I have gotten closer as the years have gone on, I’ve really enjoyed being friends with him and creating the relationship we have.
Q: Tell us about the recruiting process…
JG: The recruiting process really sped up this winter during my high school basketball season. The way I played last year, playing up on the 17U circuit helped me a lot. The way I played during the high school season got the offers coming, I have 25 offers but I cut my list and am getting closer to a decision. (Girard announced he is down to Duke, Syracuse, Michigan, Notre Dame, Boston College and Penn State.)
Q: What’s the most important aspect of picking a school? Coach? Team? Academics?
JG: I think it’s just fitting in, in general. I want to be able to fit in with the players and the coaching staff. And I want to fit in with the rest of the students at the school. I am going to be a college kid, I want to be able to go to my classes and feel comfortable. I want to be able to do things that normal kids do in college. At the same time, I’m going to college to focus on basketball and try to accomplish my dreams by winning a national championship. Eventually, I want to play professional basketball. That’s the goal, and that’s what college is for, to get me ready for that. I take my academics seriously, and I want to go to an institution that applies great academics.