Austin Ainge - Questions & Answers

Question: What do you think about your dad's jersey hanging from the rafters?

Answer: It was a fun night. It was awesome. Honestly I don't think about it too much. My Dad actually asked me beforehand if it would bother me and if he should wait until after I was done, and I told him, "No, it's not a big deal."

Question: Tell us about your brothers and sisters.

Answer: I'm second behind Ashley. I have a little brother (Tanner) who is on a mission in Ghana, Africa. He's lost about 30 pounds and had malaria twice. I have a sister who is 16 and then two little brothers who are 10 and eight. So far, it's too early for the little ones to see if they are going to be good players.

Question: Are there any similarities of how you and your dad play?

Answer: We both have a pretty good understanding of the game. We both play hard and shoot the ball pretty well. I play a different position and a pretty different game.

Question: What was it like redshirting last year?

Answer: It was really, really hard. It was painful to watch the games. It was so hard to practice and feel like you are out there playing and then sit on the bench in a shirt and a tie. I missed a couple games on the road, so I just listened on the radio. I missed a couple because I got engaged.

Question: You got married since last season. How does that make you a better player?

Answer: It gives stability in your life. It's easier to concentrate on school and basketball.

Question: What kind of a player are you?

Answer: I'm a loose, free player. I like to get the ball and push it when I'm at the point. I like to shoot a lot of threes.

Question: Do you know most of the guys who played with your dad at BYU?

Answer: I couldn't name the 1980 team, but I've met most of the guys. My dad keeps in touch with a lot of them.