Ricky Bower - Up Close

Nickname: R.B.

Favorite cold cereal: Wheat Chex

What is your favorite Steve Cleveland quote: "Go make a play."

Why did you choose to play Basketball over other sports: In elementary school, during recess, I wasn't the last one picked.

Before a Basketball game, I: Lie down and listen to classical music.

How did you spend your off-season: Trying to get into the accounting program.

Who has had the greatest influence on your Basketball career and why: My family, especially my older brothers because they always let me play with them and their friends.

What do you want to be doing 20 years from now: I want to be enjoying life with my wife and kids.

Who is the best player you've ever faced: Jacob Bower.

The dirtiest team I've ever played is: Jimmy, Matt, Tommy and Pat (old roommates).

What would you like to do sometime in your life: Shake the hand of an Apostle.

One place you would like to visit: Home.

If you could play another position, what would it be: Coach.

How did you select your jersey number: It's family tradition.

What is your favorite hobby or activity away from Basketball: Accounting homework.

The best book I've ever read: The Little Engine that Could.

People say I look like: The rival high school's student section (Capitol High School) tactfully told me I looked like Opi Taylor. My mom assured me he was very good looking.

My favorite professor or most interesting class I've taken at BYU: Book of Mormon from Brother Szink.

What is your most memorable athletic achievement or moment: Getting to and playing in the National Tournament as a Ricks College Viking, and beating Maryland in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge as a Wisconsin Badger.

If you had to give up all of your possessions except one, what would be the one thing you kept and why: My family, it's the culmination of my life.

My favorite scripture: 2 Nephi 33:9

My favorite website is: www.byucougars.com

My advice to youngsters: if you are willing to pay the price, any dream is attainable.

Interesting fact most people don't know about me: I really don't fake bake.

If I were on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, the person I'd call for my lifeline is: Norm Nemrow

If I could invite any three people to dinner who would they be: Professor Kevin Stocks, Marshall Romney and Ted Christensen.

On game day: After watching my youngest brother's game, my parents, grandma and youngest brother try to watch my game on satellite. Two of my brothers come to the games with their wife and kids. My brother in San Francisco and my sister in New York try to listen to the game over the Internet. My younger brother serving a mission in Sacramento, Calif., gets members to give him updates.