Whether you think Hasheem Thabeet is talking reckless or not, the kid can play. Averaging 13.2 points, 10.2 rebounds and 4.1 blocks per game, there’s a reason UConn is the No. 1 team in the country. With the Huskies playing Syracuse tonight riding an 11-game win streak, I figured now was as good a time as any to get up with the future first-round pick…
Dime: One of my buddies saw you in Grand Central on New Year’s Eve. What did you get into that night?
Hasheem Thabeet: I was actually visiting one of my friends. I was just hanging out. I didn’t go out, it was too cold for me.
Dime: Every time I see you, you have your headphones on. What’s in the rotation these days?
Hasheem: A lot of music that gets me hype. I listen to Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, anything before the game to hype me up or after the game to relax me. I listen to a lot of stuff.
Dime: When you’re not playing ball, what are you doing off the court?
Hasheem: I watch a lot of movies. I saw Valkyrie with Tom Cruise; it’s a real nice movie. I really don’t get that much time off. I spend all my time playing basketball and maybe school work and shooting free throws a lot.
Dime: What’s it like in Storrs compared to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania?
Hasheem: It’s really not a big town. The whole campus is surrounded by the city. Mostly we just have house parties. We don’t really get involved with a lot of students. They go crazy sometimes and want to start something with us. And for us to stay out of trouble, we just do our own thing.