Oct. 24, 2011
BERKELEY - Heading into the 2011-12 basketball season, the Golden Bears have added four new freshman faces to a team that will look very familiar, having lost only one senior - center Markhuri Sanders-Frison - from last year's team. This week, Brandon Singer of CalBears.com caught up with freshman guard Rob Filley to get to know him a little better through The Freshman 15.
Filley, a 6'4" guard from Santa Ana, Calif., was a standout player at Foothill High School. He was selected to the All-CIF First Team, All-Century League First Team, and was in the Orange County All-Star Game in both his junior and senior years. In his senior campaign, he averaged 13.3 points, 7.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game while shooting 50 percent from the field and 46 percent from three-point range. In addition to basketball, Filley was a two-year letterman on the golf team and a Scholar Athlete all four years of high school.
1) What is your favorite NBA team?
The Dallas Mavericks. I like Dirk Nowitzki, and I feel like they move the ball a lot better than the other NBA teams.
2) Who is your favorite NBA player?
Steve Nash or Russell Westbrook.
3) What is your favorite movie or television show?
My favorite T.V. show is Pawn Stars and my favorite movie is probably Saving Private Ryan.
4) What is your favorite food?
Italian. I love tortellini.
5) What is your favorite thing, so far, about Berkeley?
I like the feel here. Everyone is engaged in learning and you walk by [and] people are talking about crazy mathematics or physics. You could probably get smarter just by osmosis.
6) What music is playing on your iPod right now?
Credence Clearwater Revival, right now.
7) What is the hardest class you are taking?
Undergraduate Business Administration 10, definitely.
8) What is the best meal that you can cook?
A lot of good breakfasts. I can make a mean breakfast sandwich with eggs, cheese and bacon on a bagel.
9) Do you have any hobbies outside of basketball?
Golf and skiing.
10) What is one thing you could not live without?
11) What is the best Halloween costume you have had?
I was a "cereal" killer with knives going through little boxes of cereal.
12) What was your first job?
Painting garage floors with my brother. We would have to clean out the garage and paint it so it was kind of a long process.
13) What was your first car?
A Toyota Highlander, a very old Toyota Highlander.
14) What are your biggest pet peeves?
People that are eating loudly while I am watching T.V.
15) What is your favorite shot that you made?
In the CIF championships, my junior year, I made three three-pointers in a row in the first quarter. Those three combined were my most memorable shots.