Adversity is the state in which man most easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then. – John Wooden
Big brother, big brother/don’t worry a bit/your flame has not faded/since the day it was lit. -The Black Keys
We’ve had some pretty good Q&A sessions at Sunflower Slate over the last three years. Tuesday’s talk with Barton Community College sophomore guard Colin Beatty might be the best yet. Beatty, a 6-foot-5 combo guard, signed with Loyola-Chicago in November. He’s averaging 14.4 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.7 assists for Barton this season and has led his team to a 15-5 start, including an upset of No. 4 Hutchinson last Thursday.
And away we go …
Sunflower Slate: We met this fall in Great Bend and (Barton coach Craig) Fletchall and I played a pretty good joke on you.
Yeah you did. That was pretty good. You guys got me.
No hard feelings?
(Laughing) No not at all. That’s Fletch.
So tell us a little bit about yourself. Where you’re from, where you went to high school.
I’m from Lanham, Maryland, right outside of DC. I went to Duval High School. Played AAU for the Primetime Hoopsters.
So you played against the DC assault?
Definitely … that’s the biggest AAU team in the DC area so you go up against them and play good, everybody hears about it.
How’d you end up at Barton?
An assistant coach at Duval went to Brown Mackie, so when he found out I didn’t have the grades to go Division I out of high school, he put me in touch with some of the JuCos out here, I took some visits and when I came to Barton and met Fletch I knew this is where I needed to be.
And things have worked out. You picked Loyola over Pacific a few months ago. What was it about Loyola that made it the place for you?
The first thing is that my parents and I were blown away by what they had to offer, academically. The second is that they’re in the Horizon League, which is one of the up-and-coming leagues in the country right now. I know the competition, night in and night out, is going to be incredible. For me, personally, it was important to be somewhere I knew my parents could come see me play.
Tell us about your family.
My mom’s name is Debra and my father’s name is Calvin. I have a sister named Candyce and an older brother, Andre, who passed away when I was in the ninth grade and he was 18.
Can you tell us a little bit about Andre?
Andre had muscular dystrophy … we were very close. When my parents weren’t around it was me and him, always together. When I go home, my parents and I always take a trip to his grave and put some flowers and stuff on there, make it look nice.
Did he like basketball?
He was more of a football guy, but he liked basketball mainly because that’s what I was into and that’s what I liked. I was his little brother, so, you know, that was important to him.
Do you feel like he’s still a part of your life?
Always. All I have to do is look at my arm.
You have a tattoo for him? What’s it look like?
I do. It’s an angel with some clouds around it … the words say “RIP DRE” … that was his nickname.
Have your parents been to Great Bend?
They came and helped me move in last year, but not since. They were going to come out for a game this season but I told them to save their money and come to Chicago next season.
So what do you do for fun? Favorite movies, music?
Mainly I just hang out with my teammates … as far as movies I couldn’t name just one. I can give you a top three, though.
Go for it.
1. Love and Basketball 2. Friday 3. Bad Boys
I went to go see Bad Boys the first day it came out. In 1995. How old were you?
(Laughs) I was four!
Man I’m getting old. Give me a top three for music – artist and favorite song by that artist.
More personal stuff now. You got a girlfriend?
I do. Her name’s Ashley Newberry … she was a sophomore here last year on the softball team. She’s going to WSU now. She comes to a lot of our games, so we still get to see each other quite a bit.
Almost done. For people that have never seen you play or this is their first time hearing about you, describe your game.
I feel like I’m really versatile. I can play both guards and forward if I have to. I played post in middle school and a little in high school so I feel like I can go post up on people if I have to. Whatever my team needs me to do, I do. Dribble, pass, shoot, defend … I can be the coach’s favorite player (laughs). Honestly, though, I’ll always go out and battle. Every night.
What’s your coach like? He’s got a big personality.
Fletch is real cool. He won’t pull you if you make one mistake … just don’t make too many of them.
We’re done. Good job.
Thanks for interviewing me.
And I’m out -TA.