We continue with the question and answer series with members of Catamount men's and women's basketball today highlighting seniors Deriece Parks, a guard from Charlotte, N.C., and JonTay Mitchem, a guard from Columbus, S.C.
What motivates you to work hard?
Parks: The opportunity for me to allow my mom to never work again.
Mitchem: My motivation is my teammates. Of course,
Have you ever had a nickname?
Mitchem: Clutch, Tay, Tonka Truck, haha I have had several.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Mitchem: Cookie Dough
If you could choose to do anything for a day, what would it be?
Parks: Spend the day with my mom.
Mitchem: Go to the beach with some friends.
Favorite off-season activity?
Parks: Working out.
Mitchem: Outside of sleeping, hanging with my family and friends.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
Parks: State championship in high school, graduating high school and graduating junior college.
As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Parks: Pro basketball player
Mitchem: An astronaut
What's your favorite zoo animal?
Favorite thing about playing a home game at Western Carolina?
Parks: That is easy, the fans.
Mitchem: Just being on the home court with our fans.
Your goals for the 2017-18 season?
Parks: To accomplish everything we set our minds to.
Mitchem: Win a SoCon Championship.