The 6-foot-8 senior center and team captain, who received All-Main Line recognition as a junior, enjoyed a very productive opening week for the Pioneers in the 2021 basketball season, scoring 20 points against Harriton, tallying 17 points vs. Garnet Valley, and pulling down 15 total rebounds as Conestoga got off to a 2-0 start. Conestoga boys’ basketball head coach Mike Troy said, “Andrew is one of the hardest workers on the team. As a captain he leads by example as he never takes a play or a drill off. Off the court you could not ask for a nicer young man.”
Q: What area of your game do you feel you improved the most in the off-season?
A: My post game – I really worked on simple moves and finishing through contact.
Q: Tell us a little about your off-season training and what challenges you faced in your training because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A: In the offseason, I trained every day in my driveway, thanks to the hoop I have. I also did agility drills in my yard. Later on, I was able to practice and play pickup with other players at a local outdoor court.
Q: What do you think is the strongest aspect of your game? What part of your game are you working on the most currently?
A: I would say my strongest aspect of my game is rebounding, because it is the one thing that I have started with, and something that can’t really be taken away. One thing I am working on currently is my three point shot.
Q: How do you see your leadership role as captain, on and off the court, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic?
A: As captain, I have to be the one who stays positive, during the game and during practice. I am always telling my teammates “next shot,” because that is what I tell myself if I miss. Off the court, I am the one who reminds guys about bringing masks and water because there aren’t any other ways to get water.
Q: Tell us a little about your start in competitive basketball. Who have been your most important basketball mentors; and what was the most important thing you learned from each of them?
A: I didn’t start playing basketball on a really competitive level until 8th grade, when I played AAU for Coach Kim and his team Philly Supreme. I owe a lot to him because he pushed me to be better and didn’t let me forget mistakes I made, while also trusting me in big games. Of course my coaches at Conestoga have had a huge impact on me, as Coach Manning, Coach Forcine, and Coach Troy all have helped me with my attitude towards the game and my work ethic, in addition to many other things. My dad has also been a great mentor for me, as he taught me all the basics of basketball.
Q: Who is your favorite basketball player, and why?
A: My favorite player is Joel Embiid, because he is a great post player and his footwork is so much fun to watch. Luka Garza is my favorite non-NBA player.
Q: What is your favorite course at Conestoga? What do you think you’d like to major in at college?
A: My favorite course right now is Physics and I think I’d like to major in engineering in college.
Fun facts – Andrew Fox
Favorite book: The Power of One, by Bryce Courtenay.
Favorite team: Philadelphia 76ers.
Favorite pre game meal: Peanut butter on toast.
Person I most admire: “My dad, because he is incredibly hardworking and very calm in rough situations.”
(To be selected as Main Line Boys Athlete of the Week, a student-athlete must first be nominated by his coach.)