This week, I spent some time with George Rogers Clark transfer Vinny Zollo, Clark coach Scott Humphrey and Zollo’s mother Robyn Curry, a special education teacher at the school.
It was my first sit-down with Zollo since he arrived to Kentucky and I was impressed. Aside from his on-the-court credentials, Zollo is humble off the court. While interviewing Zollo and his mother for a story scheduled to appear in Saturday’s edition, it was clear to see mother and son enjoy living in Winchester and really like the hype surrounding the University of Kentucky and the excitement over basketball in general.
Zollo and Curry offered interesting insights and were very helpful. To prepare you for the upcoming feature on Zollo, here’s a few quotes from the interview session:
“Everything is basketball around here and I really like that a lot. When it’s basketball time, everybody is really focused on that. Back home it was more of a football-oriented area.”
On Big Blue Madness:
“It was really awesome. It is such a good atmosphere. It’s just crazy and the fans are so mad (about basketball).”
How on being a future Kentucky player.
“When it comes down to it, it’s not really going to change how I play at all. I know that I’m going to have a big target on my back. I’m just going to go out and play my game, nothing really changes for me.”
“Vinny has always been really humble, he has had a lot of pressures in his life. He is big and was a good ball player in Ohio and always had people watching him. It really hasn’t changed Vinny at all. He’s focused and he knows what he wants. He is driven to his goals, but he’s also realistic and knows he has things he needs to work on. He tells me he has things to work on every day. He knows that he’s not reached his potential in any way, as far as athletics and academics. He pushes himself pretty hard.”
Clark coach Scott Humphrey:
“He’s been here nine weeks and I don’t think you will find anyone in the building who has a negative word to say about him. He’s just an humble kid with a tremendous work-ethic and just a great addiiton to our school and obviously, he’ll help our team out.”