Mark Alstork 1-on-1

WCIA 3's Annice McEwan chats with Illinois grad transfer Mark Alstork

CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) -- There are several newcomers to the Illinois men's basketball team this season, including the team's lone senior. Graduate transfer Mark Alstork joins the Illini after playing previously at Wright State. WCIA 3's Annice McEwan chats with the Ohio native 1-on-1.

MARK ALSTORK:
"Everyone has done a great job of transitioning me and welcoming me here with open arms. So, I think I've done a good job of just coming in and being who I am, and helping the team as much as I can."

ANNICE MCEWAN:
"What's been your take on Underwood's system and how he runs things?"

ALSTORK:
"It's fun. It's exciting for us players, and for fans, and for the coaches to coach. I think it's a great way to play."

MCEWAN:
"He referred to you as extremely competitive. He kind of pointed that out as your trait. Is that something you would say about yourself?"

ALSTORK:
"Definitely. Definitely. I want to come out here and be as fierce as I can and has the mentality of the Mamba, as everybody would say. That's one thing that I pride my game on."

MCEWAN:
"When you look at the season ahead, the big question is how to get points on the board with Malcolm Hill gone. A lot of people are pointing out your name. How do you feel like you'll fill that void?"

ALSTORK:
"I think I'm going to do what I do best, and do the things that got me here. I'm going to continue to do that and I'm just going to raise my level as the level of the team goes up. I mean, I could be one of them persons, or the team could be. We're just going to have to see."

MCEWAN:
"It's looking like you'll be the only senior on the court. How are you embracing this leadership role that you have to take on?"

ALSTORK:
"It's just natural for me. I want to be one of the guys who leads and has a voice, humbly saying that. I think my experience in college basketball is going to help the team out a lot."
 


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