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, motivation for me is just to be the best I can be so that is what motivates me.
Have you ever had a nickname? What is it? Parks: Riece, Riece the G, R-Pack Mitchem: Clutch, Tay, Tonka Truck, haha I have had several.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Parks: Strawberry 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? Parks: Lion Mitchem: Monkey
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.