Guest interview with Brad Wolff
Nobody was more explosive at the NYC Midnight Run than Julius “Jules” Coles. Besides taking his team on a lengthy winning streak, Jules was determined to show everybody in the building that he was the best player on the court. Well, if that was his goal, then he achieved it.
Brad Wolff: How did you find out about the Red Bull Midnight Run?
Julius Coles: I was actually playing in a league at the 14th Street Y and after one of my games, one of the guys who was doing the table, doing the score, asked me if I wanted to play in it.
BW: How would you describe your game as a whole?
JC: That’s a hard one (laughs). Finesse.
BW: Tell everybody about your playing career thus far.
JC: Well, I started out at prep school. I went to Blair Academy [Alumni include Luol Deng] and from there I went to Canisius College (NY, Division I) where I scored over 1,200 points, top-5 three pointers made, pre-season second team all-conference. After that I was just here working out so now I’m just trying to get overseas.
BW: What are the things you need to improve on to become an overseas player?
JC: I need to get stronger and I need to work on shooting.
BW: What would your advice be to a younger basketball player?
JC: Work on your jumpshot. More than anything else, your jumpshoot is what is going to take you the furthest.
BW: What has been the best part of this experience with Red Bull?
JC: Just seeing everybody that came out and participated to represent New York. I know a bunch of these guys and have fun competing and playing against these guys. It is always nice to be able to beat them and then brag about it.
BW: What’s on your iPod, or iPhone that is charging in my computer right now?
JC: (Laughs) I just downloaded that “Dreamchasers Part Two”, Meek Mill and Jadakiss’ “Consignment”. Those are the ones that I just got, but I really like to listen to J. Cole and Drake, those guys who are really lyrical. And you can’t forget about Jay-Z.
BW: What’s your favorite movie?
JC: I have a few: Hitch, Training Day, and Above the Rim.
BW: Lastly, what are your on and off the court goals?
JC: On the court, I just want to be the best that I could possibly be. Ultimately, I hope to one day make it to the NBA. Off the court, I just want to be a role model to my little cousin who is 12 and an up-and-comer right now. He’s about 6’1”. I’m trying to stress education, as well as athletics.
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