Michael Vranes, Up Close

Nickname: Bay

Favorite cold cereal: Life

Favorite TV show: Seinfeld

Favorite Steve Cleveland quote: "The bottom line is..."

Why did you choose to play basketball over other sports: It's a fast-paced sport. I am not patient person.

Before a basketball game, I: Brush my teeth.

How did you spend your off-season: Working on my game.

Who has had the greatest influences on your basketball career and why: My Dad, he gave me confidence.

What do you want to be doing 20 years from now: Giving sermons.

Who is the best player you've ever faced: Jason Terry of Arizona and Andre Miller of Utah.

The dirtiest team I've ever played is: Bingham High School.

What would you like to do sometime in your life: See a Great White Shark.

One place you would like to visit: The Big Easy.

If you could play another position, what would it be: Play center and reject everything.

How did you select your jersey number: It was the first number I ever had.

What is your favorite hobby or activity away from basketball: Playing pickup football.

What is the best book you've ever read: The City Game.

People say I look like: I play ball.

What is your most memorable athletic achievement or moment: Scoring 40 points in the high school state tournament.

If you had to give up all of your possessions except one, what would be the one thing you kept and why: A basketball-I need to be able to dribble something.

Favorite scripture: Mosiah 4:27.

My advice to youngsters: Follow your dreams.

Interesting fact most people don't know about me: I'm allergic to bee's.

If you could invite any three people to dinner who would they be: Pete Maravich, Jesus Christ, and Martin Luther King.