Freshman forward Nate Novosel, a financial economics and political science double major from Lexington, Ky. has experienced a new atmosphere since coming to UR.
The starting center scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the Chase Tournament semifinals against St. John Fisher College.
He also had 10 rebounds against Keuka College in the quarterfinals and 11 points in the consolation game against SUNY Geneseo.

Why did you decide to come to UR?
I really had not heard of UR until I talked to one of the assistant coaches Coach Kadlubowski. He really wanted me to come up and visit. Once I visited and met the guys and saw the campus and met the coaching staff, I really enjoyed what I saw.

What’s the coolest thing about Kentucky?
UK is the best college team there is.

What is it like to be a freshman and a starter?
I was very shocked to come in as a starter, but I tried to just play as well as I can and help the team as much as possible. It’s a lot of fun to be able to do that. I was honored to be able to start off just as a freshman.

What’s the best part about being on the basketball team?
Hanging out with the guys. They’re the best part of it. I also really like the traveling that we do together.
We’re just constantly hanging out with each other, and that makes it even more fun when we’re traveling.

What are you doing to gear up for the game against Washington University in St. Louis on Friday?
Wash U is actually the game I came up to watch last year, and it was packed to the brim, and I loved seeing that.
I think the crowd really motivated our guys last year to help us win. To have another packed crowd like that would definitely give us a big boost.

What’s the song you just can’t get out of your head?
‘Send Me on My Way” by Rusted Roots.

What’s your favorite food?
Waffles. It was a team ritual for us in high school to go to Waffle House before a game.

Philbrick is a member of the class of 2009.

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