Jeremy Case: I love Kansas

Jeremy Case: I love Kansas

An interview with the combo guard.

McALESTER, Okla.—In his first-ever, interview with Phog.net, Kansas signee Jeremy Case discusses his season, future in Lawrence and friendship with J.R. Giddens.

Case, a 6-foot-1, 160-pound senior, is a combo guard for McAlester High School, which is 14-2 this season and currently ranked No. 2 in Class 5A, behind John Marshall High School and the oft-injured Giddens.

Phog.net caught up with the soft-spoken Case at his McAlester home on Monday night, just moments after watching Kansas clinch a 76-70 victory over Missouri.

Phog.net: So, how's your season going this year?

Case: "Everything's going good right now. We're playing really well as a team. Individually, I'm playing pretty good. I'm averaging about 24 or 25 points a game. I'm shooting it alright. I'm shooting something like 45 percent from behind the line (three-point range)."

Phog.net: To date, what's been the highlight of your season?

Case: "Playing in the Tournament of Champions (Oklahoma's premier prep hoops tournament) in Tulsa. We lost two games there, but we learned a lot and grew closer as a team. It's was a lot of fun. I really enjoyed the experience."

(Note: Despite the two losses, Case still earned all-tournament honors, after averaging 25.3 points and 5.6 rebounds in three games.)

Phog.net: Both you and J.R. verbally committed to Kansas last April, some seven months before national signing day. Why the rush?

Case: "I really wanted to get it over with. I didn't want to worry about anything or deal with the pressure during the summer. I just wanted to play without worrying about coaches, but most importantly, I love Kansas. They're family-oriented and I like the fans a lot too."

Phog.net: Why'd you pick Kansas?

Case: "My family really liked Coach Williams and the Jayhawks. They also liked that it's not too far away. I really wanted to get out of Oklahoma, but not too far."

Phog.net: What are your thoughts on Coach Williams?

Case: "He's a great guy who makes me feel at home when I'm up there. It's like a home away from home for me."

Phog.net: Who showed you around Lawrence during your visit?

Case: "Wayne Simien. We just kind of hung out most of the time. He's a nice guy who's easy to get along with. He's fun to be around."

Phog.net: What other schools did you consider and why?

Case: "Oklahoma offered me a scholarship and so did Nebraska and Colorado State. I kind of compared them all to Kansas and it didn't seem like they were even close."

Phog.net: From time to time, it's been mentioned that you might ask for a release from your letter of intent with Kansas to attend Oklahoma. Is there any truth to that rumor?

Case: "Absolutely not. I've never even heard that. There's no truth to that at all."

Phog.net: How interested were you in the Sooners?

Case: "I was kind of serious, but I really wanted to get out of Oklahoma. I really didn't want to go to a football school where that's the main thing."

Phog.net: When do you plan to move to Lawrence and what are your goals for next season?

Case: "I'll be up there on June 3rd for class and to start working out. My goal is to try and get a starting position. I see myself as a shooter who can provide some threes and bring the ball up if (Aaron) Miles wants to play the two-guard or something like that."

Phog.net: Have you considered redshirting next season?

Case: "It hasn't been discussed. I don't really want to and they (Kansas) haven't mentioned it to me."

Phog.net: What are your individual strengths and weaknesses on the basketball court?

Case: "I'm a good shooter and strong ballhandler. My weakness is probably my defense. It needs to get a lot better."

Phog.net: Have you always wanted to play basketball at Kansas?

Case: "Not really. I used to want to go to North Carolina or Duke. I didn't start thinking about Kansas until the summer of my sophomore year."

Phog.net: Do you have a favorite Kansas basketball player?

Case: "No, not really. I like Paul Pierce a lot. He's a good player.

Phog.net: What basketball player can your game be compared to?

Case: I'm close to Jacque Vaughn, but he's probably a little quicker than me. I kind of play like him. I like to go up and down like that."

Phog.net: As AAU teammates, you knew J.R. long before either one of you decided to attend Kansas, so what's your take on his recent legal troubles and injury problems?

Case: "I'm glad he overcame the legal stuff. Hopefully, he learned from that. I hope J.R. gets healthy soon, because he needs to start getting ready for next year. I know this year means a lot to him, but his future's more important than right now."

Phog.net: What's your opinion of Kansas this year?

Case: "They're playing good right now. It seems like they need a little more depth right now, but hopefully they'll make it back to the Final Four this year. They're good enough to do it, they just have to play."

Phog.net: Your dad, Win, was a standout point guard at Oklahoma State and now he's the head coach at Oklahoma City, a perennial NAIA power. What's it like being Win Case's son?

Case: "I guess it's alright. Everybody comes up to me and tells me to tell him ‘hi.' Some people say I'm better than him, but others say I'm not. I know he says I'm not sometimes, but it's pretty fun. Everybody knows him and all of his experience helps me a lot."

Phog.net: What's the last movie you watched?

Case: "‘Maid In Manhattan' with Jennifer Lopez. It was pretty good. My girlfriend wanted to go see it, so I went with her. It was pretty decent."

Phog.net: What are you listening to these days?

Case: A lot of old stuff like Tupac, especially "All Eyes On Me." I also listen to a lot of slow jams like Tyrese or K-Ci and Jo-Jo."

Phog.net: We know J.R. visits Phog.net, but do you?

Case: "I've haven't been there in awhile. I'll start doing it definitely now."

Phog.net: Thanks for your time tonight and good luck. We'll be in touch again very soon.

Case: "No problem, sounds good."

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