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Lawrence County's Will Inman
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Lawrence County's Will Inman

One on one with ...
Lawrence County's Will Inman

Will Inman and the Lawrence County Red Devils basketball team are the top seed in the Class 4A, Area 15 tournament. On Monday, Inman, a 5-foot-10 senior guard, took time to field 10 questions from Daily Assistant Sports Editor Michael Wetzel:

Question: Lawrence County clinched the area's regular-season title early this year. What's the big difference from last year's team and this year's?

Answer: Coach (Stanley) Johnson has got us playing together a little more this year.

We have had to fight through some injuries, and now everybody knows their role on the team. We really seem to be more together as a team.

Q: What sport do you wish you could master if it wasn't basketball?

A: Golf. I play a lot of golf with my buddies, and it can be difficult.

I'd like to be good at it. My short game really needs the most work, but since I don't play for the school, it isn't as hectic. If I had to play golf for a living, I'd be poor.

Q: Did you pull for the Colts or the Bears in the Super Bowl on Sunday?

A: The Colts, without a doubt. Peyton Manning deserves that ring. He's had a great career and now he's headed to the Hall of Fame.

Q: Tennessee Titans offensive tackle David Stewart played football for Lawrence County. Do most of the students at the school know him?

A: They should. I have never talked to him. He was in high school here before I transferred in from Mount Hope.

I'd say 70 percent of the students here would know who he is, and 30 percent would probably have no clue. I know Cody Harville (fellow basketball teammate) is a big fan of Stewart's. Heck, going from Lawrence County to the NFL, that's something.

Q: Who has been the toughest player for you to guard?

A: Josh Bedwell of Priceville. He's as complete an all-around player that I've ever had to guard or seen play.

Q: What has been your best summer vacation?

A: My family went to Disney World a few years ago. That was fun to do something as a family like that.

I remember riding Space Mountain.

Q: Who are your favorite athletes to follow?

A: J.J. Redick (of the Orlando Magic) and Jeff Francoeur (of the Atlanta Braves).

Q: Who is a famous person you would like to meet?

A: San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers.

I like him because he's from North Alabama. I followed him when he played for North Carolina State.

I've got his jersey from North Carolina State, and now I have one of his Charger jerseys.

Q: Who's got a better chance of going to the state tournament this year, the Lawrence County boys or girls basketball team?

A: That's a tough question. The girls have got to beat Deshler at Wallace State to get to Birmingham. But I think they will.

We'll both be there.

Q: What scares you the most about going to college next year?

A: I know some professors only give two tests the entire semester.

If you bomb on one, the pressure is really on to do well on the other.

I plan to go into dentistry, and I am not so sure about some of those science classes.

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