Homecoming and senior prom [at East Side High in Newark]. I came in second place for homecoming king to some kid who I think was on the soccer team. But I knew I wasn't going to win. He wasn't more popular than me, but he had more lady fans at the time.
On whom besides the Wildcats he likes in the Big Dance
North Carolina. They're young, but they have talent. Five freshmen at Michigan [in 1992] went to the finals. I think they [UNC] can do it. It's going to be a crazy tournament.
On what makes Villanova's four-guard offense work
It's like we use it to mess with people. We play against two forwards most of the game with the four-guard offense, so there's always going to be two good mismatches [offensively]. It's usually with me and Mike Nardi. We're smaller and quicker than the guys guarding us.
On team jokester, guard Allan Ray
Allan will get pictures of animals and cartoon characters and e-mail them to the team and say, "Randy Foye, this is you!" or "Jason Fraser, this is you!" The other day he sent out a picture of two chipmunks and said it was me and him.
On growing up in Newark
Newark is tough. I grew up in the hood. Gangs, drugs, a lot of negative things happening. My father died when I was three, and my mom disappeared when I was 5 1/2. So I lived back and forth between my grandmothers. I will never forget where I'm from. That made me me -- made me so tough, so relentless.
On adjusting to the culture at college
At Villanova the majority of people are white, and until my junior year I wasn't able to relate. But now I've seen everything, I can relate to everything. If I watch Comedy Central and there's a white comedian up there, I understand what he's saying. It's funny to me now.
On why he majored in geography
The first semester of my freshman year I took a geography class and had to do a presentation two weeks into school. I never really get nervous for a big game, but I was nervous for this. I tried to talk so fast. I had the paper over my face, but I pulled it down a bit so you could see my eyes. The funny thing was, after class my teacher said I did a good job. That's when I decided to major in geography.
On playing in the NBA next year
Everybody brings it to my attention because agents are always snooping around. I don't think about it because when you do, you start having trouble: You could go into a slump or something. Agents tell players to score more, and you can't listen to that.
On the 1985 Villanova NCAA championship team
A lot of the players come around. Dwayne McClain is always joking, saying, "If our team played your team, we'd kick your butt!" And Coach [Ed] Pinckney is always talking [trash]. But they say that they see something in us that they saw in themselves.
FOYE, THE BIG EAST PLAYER OF THE YEAR, SCORES 20.1 PPG FOR THE TOP-SEEDED WILDCATS.