Published on July 10th, 2014 | by Alec Lewis0
Our One on One with Mater Dei Guard Rex Pflueger
You’ve all heard of Stanley Johnson. The forward, who starred at Mater Dai — winning 4 straight California state championships — graduated this past year and is headed to Arizona. So people think Mater Dai’s run is over, right? Wrong.
Rex Pflueger, who’s currently rated 90th by Rivals.com, will have something to say about that in his senior year this year. A guy who possesses sneaky athleticism and a fantastic shooting stroke looks to be a key for many colleges in their current recruiting classes. With offers from Florida, San Diego State, Notre Dame, and many other schools, we decided to catch up with Rex to ask him a few questions:
1. Who inspired you to play basketball?
The person who really inspired me was my dad because he was the first one to put the ball in my hands. Nowadays he continues to inspire me, however, I find that I inspire myself just as much because of the love i have for the game.
2. Growing up, was there anyone that made you work harder or get in the gym more?
My dad again always pushed me at a young age to work hard in school and also in sports and that if I did I will achieve whatever I want in life. Nowadays I find that I push myself harder then anyone else and it drives me to want to keep getting better.
3. Where does all of your athleticism come from?
All my athleticism is really a gift to be honest, but I also work on all aspects of my body to improve and get stronger that contributes to it.
4. Who is your favorite NBA team and who in the NBA do you enjoy watching the most?
My favorite NBA team is the lakers because I grew up watching them and they’re a home town favorite. I enjoy watching Paul George and also the entire spurs team play. Paul George because I feel that he is the player that I most resemble and sort of base my game off and the spurs because of their great teamwork and ball movement. It’s nice to see good, fundamental basketball nowadays.
5. How big of a key is staying near home when your looking at schools during this recruiting process?
It’s not a huge factor I don’t mind going to a school that’s far away as long as it is a perfect fit for me.
6. What has it been like to see Stanley Johnson and his progressions through this process and now to Arizona?
It’s cool to watch Stanley succeed the way he has because he deserves it, he’s a flat out hard worker and has the desire to be the best. He’s also taught me a lot of things I need to know for my senior season because he knows it’s my team now so he’s been very helpful there.
7. Who is the best/hardest player to play against in California that is your age?
Honestly there are many great players in California however when I’m playing, I don’t see names, I just see a guy wearing a jersey and all in thinking about is how I’m going to outcompete him and help my team win.
8. In the college that you choose, what is it that you are most looking for?
I’m looking to be able to come in right away and make an impact, I would like for the team to be family oriented where everyone is like brothers to each other, and I have to be able to get a long with the coach and whatever system he runs.
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