Aug. 26, 2010
BERKELEY - After having to sit out last season, junior forward Harper Kamp is back and ready for a big 2010-11 campaign. Kamp, who used his redshirt year last year, will have to take on a veteran leadership role this year since the Golden Bears lost seven players from the 2009-10 Pac-10 Championship squad. With classes resuming on Thursday, the Mesa, Ariz., native had a chance to sit down with CalBears.com and discuss his thoughts on the upcoming season.
How's your knee feeling?
My knee feels great. The strength is getting better all the time, and I am able to get a lot of work done on the court without the pain I used to have.
What did you do this summer, both for fun and to get ready for this season?
I went home for the first half of the summer and just spent a lot of time with my family. When I got back I started working out with the team. We just hit the weight room hard and played all summer.
From what you've seen and heard so far, what do you think about the incoming freshmen?
I am very impressed and excited about the entire class. I heard a lot of great things about everyone before they even got here, and I am glad to see that they all came in willing to work hard.
After sitting out all of last season, do you feel like you'll have to shake off any "rust" when you first get back out on the court?
I'm not worried about being rusty. I always get nervous for games regardless of the situation. I'm just going to go out and play as hard as I can and the rest will take care of itself.
Being the defending Pac-10 champions, do you feel any added pressure to do well this season, despite playing on a young team?
There is really no pressure other than the pressure we place on ourselves, and I think the young guys recognize that. We all just have to want it more than anyone else. Even if last year's team hadn't won the title, our goal this year would still be the same - to win the Pac-10 championship.
Are there any games on the schedule that you're particularly looking forward to?
The first game is the most important one to me right now. I can't wait to step back out on the court.
Which of the returners do you think will make a big impact this season?
I think every returner can, and will, make an impact. Everyone needs to step up and we have to play as a unit in order to be successful this season.
What classes are you taking this semester, and is there one you're looking forward to the most?
I'm taking a lot of electives and have some freedom with my schedule, so that's pretty nice. I'm looking forward to my meditation class mostly.
How bad is the itch right now to finally get back on the court in a real game?
I am honestly in no rush. I'm looking forward to the first day of practice when we get to start preparing every day as a team. I want to be patient and be sure that my team and I are taking pride in all the work that has to be done before the games.
What are your personal goals and your goals for the team this season?
My personal goal is to stay healthy and to have fun out there on the court. That said, I enjoy winning and this team has the potential to win a lot of games if we stay focused.