Q&A: Cory Higgins

CU's career scoring leader close to realizing NBA dream

Not Chauncey Billups. Not David Harrison. Not Donnie Boyce.

No player has scored more points at the University of Colorado than Cory Higgins.

Higgins, a sociologiy major who tied Richard Roby's career scoring record (2,001 points) at CU, hopes his college success will translate into an opportunity to play in the NBA. He was one of six prospects who worked out for the Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on Thursday.

As Higgins prepares for the June 23 NBA Draft, he can seek the counsel of his father Rod Higgins, who played 13 seasons in the NBA and is now general manager of the Charlotte Bobcats.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the young man, as a son and as a basketball player,” Rod Higgins said via e-mail. “The thrill of watching him go through the predraft process is exciting to watch.”

His father is not Cory’s only NBA connection; his godfather is Michael Jordan.

After his workout, Cory Higgins took a few minutes to answer some questions for

Q: Since the college season ended, what has been your typical daily schedule in preparing for the NBA Draft?
A: Just working out, working out, and more working out, basically. Since the season ended, I took about four days off and then just worked out with our coaches there in Boulder until I graduated. Now I’m in Vegas working out every day with other players getting ready for the draft. That’s pretty much my day-to-day.

Q: To what extent has Chauncey Billups been helping you, Alec Burks, and other players out in Las Vegas?
A:He was there a couple of days. Chauncey’s great; he always has words of advice, words of wisdom. His input is always valued.

Q: Having spent four years in Boulder, what do you know about the Nuggets and the city of Denver?
A: I just know that they are crazy about their sports. They are real passionate about their Nuggets, so if I was to land here that would be amazing.

Q: What advice has your father given you on preparing for the NBA Draft?
A: The biggest thing he’s telling me is to just keep working, that’s all you can do. Everybody is going to have an opinion about you. All you can do is keep working and if you do that, then it will be fine.

Q: When he gives you that advice do you think he is telling you that as an ex-player, as a GM, or as your dad?
A: I think it’s a little bit of all three rolled into one. He always has my best interest in mind, but at the same time he’s always going to be honest and real about it.

Q: Do you feel having your father as a GM has been an advantage in preparing for the NBA Draft?
A: I think so. He really gets my head on straight and makes me be realistic about things and about my future. I think that’s the biggest thing is helping me keep my head on straight.

Q: Have you received any advice from your godfather, His Airness, in preparation of the NBA Draft?
A: He talks to my dad a lot about it, but I’ll probably be seeing him when I go work out in Charlotte. I’m sure he’ll have some things to say.

Q: What do you think your strengths are?
A: I think my IQ is one of my greatest strengths. Also I’m versatile and can play two positions and guard two positions, more importantly. I think that is the biggest value I have in trying to make an NBA team.

Q: Do you feel you played point guard enough at CU to prepare yourself to play the point at the next level?
A:Yes, I think that was a start and I think that it’s not a position that I can’t learn how to play. I think if I just work at it, I’ll be fine.

Q: Which NBA player, past or present, would you compare your game to?
A: Right now, I think the guard from San Antonio, George Hill. I think I can relate to him because he always makes the easy play. I like Brandon Roy and his midrange game.

Q: What are you trying to show the Nuggets and other teams in your workouts and interviews?
A: I want to show them I can guard, and I think I came out here and did that today. Also make plays, and I think I did a decent job of doing that as well. Those are the main two things about playing the point guard position, being able to keep other point guards out of the paint and make plays.