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Off the Court with Mario West

Jan. 10, 2005

My teammates call me: Rio

Favorite food: Breakfast food and Grandma Pat’s cornbread

What I want to eat most when I go home: Chinese food

Favorite class at Georgia Tech: Marketing

Name a professor that has had an impact on you here at Tech: William Johnson (Spanish)

Latest music CD I bought: 50 Cent, Get Rich or Die Tryin’

Favorite musical artist: My cousin Chris Pride

Last movie I rented or watched in the theater: Saw

Favorite actor and actress: Denzel Washington and Halle Berry

Favorite thing to watch on TV: ESPN and Court TV

Last book you read: The Purpose Driven Life

Favorite website: www.ramblinwreck.com

Favorite pro sports team: Philadelphia 76’ers

Person I would most like to meet (dead or alive): Tupac

Person whose shoes I would like to fill for a day: My mom and dad

My favorite place I have visited out-of-town: San Antonio

Team I would like to add to the schedule: Kentucky

My favorite arena other than the Thrillerdome: Cameron Indoor

My first impression of Georgia Tech was: That it was a hard school

My biggest fear: Failure and not reaching my fullest potential

The most famous person to attend my high school: Me, of course

News topics that interest me most other than sports: The war and the law

Favorite sport to watch other than basketball: Football

Most memorable moment in basketball: The Final Four

Most memorable moment in your life (not basketball): The passing of my grandfather

Best non-athletic talent: Singing

Thing I wish I was better at: Singing

Who had the greatest influence on your athletic career? My parents

Athlete you most admire? Michael Jordan

If there was another sport at Tech you could play, what would it be? Football

What was the most interesting thing you did last summer? I worked two jobs, one at a country club and the other was Georgia Tech Housing

If you could communicate with any type of animal, which would you pick? Lion

If you had to exchange wardrobes with someone on the team, whose clothes would you want? B.J. Elder’s

If you could have season tickets for any team, sitting in any place in the stadium, which team would it be and where would you sit? Falcons tickets sitting in the suites so I could see Michael Vick

When I was a youth growing up, I pretended to be like… Michael Jordan

If you were forced to give up all of your possessions but one, what would it be? My 2000 Ford Explorer

If you were a pro wrestler what would your name be? Bodeen

Post-school ambition (other than NBA): Be in a position to take care of my parents

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