Former Tennessee State guard Tashan Fredrick recently finished his collegiate career and graduated this past May. He also recently celebrated his 23rd birthday with his former teammates. During his playing career, he amassed 241 points, 183 rebounds, 34 assists and 38 steals. He, along with Robert Covington, was one of just two senior Tigers to play all four years at TSU. Fredrick sat down with TSUTigers.com to talk about his TSU experience.
TSUTigers: Talk about your overall TSU experience.
A: “My overall experience was great. I went places that I never thought I would go, It was fun, I enjoyed it, but most importantly I learned a lot.”
TSUTigers: What do you love most about TSU?
A: “TSU was like my second home and I loved my teammates most of all. All of those guys were like brothers to me.”
TSUTigers: What will you miss most about TSU?
A: “There was a real sense of community on TSU’s campus. Even though I didn’t know everybody, I felt like I did because of the school’s atmosphere. I will miss that feeling the most.”
TSUTigers: What is your most memorable basketball moment at TSU?
A: “I have two. Of course there was beating then-nationally ranked Murray State on the road, but beating Austin Peay on ESPNU during my sophomore year was really memorable. It snowed that day and we won on National Television in overtime. It was a great time.”
TSUTigers: What is your most memorable non-basketball moment at TSU?
A: “During my junior year, me and my teammates walked down the Las Vegas strip when we played there to begin the season, after we beat South Carolina. We just saw everything and took it all in.”
TSUTigers: How do you feel social networking played a role in this season?
A: “Growing up you always saw people play basketball on TV and you dream of playing in one of those games. We had a few of those at TSU and after the games family and friends would call and tweet you, saying that they saw you on TV. It was a blessing.”
TSUTigers: What advice would you give to incoming freshman?
A: “Never get satisfied and never stop working.”
TSUTigers: What was your most challenging class at TSU?
A: “Any science class was really tough. It had to be science.”
TSUTigers: Who was your favorite professor?
A: “Doctor Hamido was my favorite professor because he has inspiring life stories. He motivated me to try my best.”
TSUTigers: Who have been the most influential people to you at TSU?
A: “My coaches were influential to me on the court as well as off of it. They put me in the right place and in the right direction.”
TSUTigers: What’s next for you?
A: “I want to start teaching school, especially middle school. Kids that age need direction and I want to mentor them before they get to high school, so they will know what to expect when they get there.”
TSUTigers: Once you are an alumnus, how will you stay connected with TSU?
A: “I will always show support for Tennessee State. I will come back to watch games and give back.”
TSUTigers: What do you know now that you didn’t know coming in as a freshman?
A: “I learned so much that there is not one thing that I could point to. Everything was new to me. The biggest thing was how important time management is and not procrastinating. Secondly, the first impression you make on someone should be the best impression.”
TSUTigers: What have you learned at TSU that you will keep with you for the rest of your life?
A: “I learned the value of being on time. If I was on time to practice, that was late in the coaches’ eyes. I had to be there early and be prepared.”
TSUTigers: Is there anything else that you would like to say to the TSU family?
A: “Thank you and I appreciate the love you have shown me and your support. GO BIG BLUE!”