Derek Dawes - Up Close

Nickname: "D" or "Deke"

Favorite cold cereal: French Toast Crunch

Favorite Steve Cleveland quote: "Post up!!!"

Why did I choose to play Basketball over other sports: Because I got to run around a lot and there is always something going on. Also because I was a crappy baseball player.

Before a Basketball game, I: Watch Michael Jordan's "Come Fly with Me" and think about the game.

How did I spend my off-season: Finishing up my mission in New Hampshire.

Who has had the greatest influence on my Basketball career and why: My high school coach Blair Martineau. He taught me how to love the game and to play because it's fun.

What do I want to be doing 20 years from now: Raising my family and making sure that Austin Ainge isn't in jail.

Who is the best player I've ever faced: Darius Miles.

The dirtiest team I've ever played is: Wyoming Cowboys.

What would I like to do sometime in my life: Ride a Harley across the United States.

One place I would like to visit: Russia.

If I could play another position, what would it be: Point guard.

How did I select my jersey number: It was the closest thing to #44. Keith Van Horn was my favorite player and my team didn't have 44 so I chose 43.

What is my favorite hobby or activity away from Basketball: Freestyle walking and video games.

The best book I've ever read: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

People say I look like: Greg Wrubell (He's hot).

My favorite professor or most interesting class I've taken at BYU: Dr. Keith Barney & Dr. Matt Haslem.

What is my most memorable athletic achievement or moment: When we won the MWC tournament my freshman year. It was the best feeling to reach all of our goals that year. We didn't lose at home, we won the conference during the regular season, won the tournament and made it to the NCAA tourney.

If I had to give up all of my possessions except one, what would be the one thing I kept and why: My Red Sox blanket. It keeps me warm.

My favorite scripture: 3 Nephi 5:13

My favorite website is: www.starwarskid.com.

My advice to youngsters: Go on a mission. It's the best ever.

Interesting fact most people don't know about me: I've never seen Top Gun.

If I were on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, the person I'd call for my lifeline is: My Uncle Colin because he is wicked-smart.

If I could invite any three people to dinner who would they be: My Mission President, Glenn Hansen, "Will Ferrell," and Neal A. Maxwell.

On game day: My mom and dad usually come to the game with my grandma. My dad stands up all the time and my mom and grandma keep telling him to sit down because he is embarrassing them. It's pretty funny.