# 3 CHRIS BYRD
Sophomore Guard l South High School l Columbus, Ohio
Averages: 16.2 pts, 4.2 rbs, 2.6 assists, 1.2 steals per game; FG% 46.8, FT% 81.8
Chris Byrd has the unique distinction of competing at the NJCAA national tournament at the DII level and next week, at the DIII level. He helped lead the Cougars to a top 12 national finish in 2016, and after taking a year off, he's back to lead the Cougars to a national championship in 2018.
We sat down with Byrd on his experiences:
Question: Since you have competed at the national level, what can you tell your teammates?
Chris Byrd: Treat the tournament as we did the district final. If we play how we have played it shouldn't be a problem. But we have to win that first game.
Q: What do you think about the team that will set you guys apart from the other teams?
CB: Our pace, how fast of a pace we play. Our 1-5 can each play each position.
Q: So what do you and team have to do to become national champions?
CB: Play how we play and get the stop and get out of transition.
Q: Best victory of this season?
CB: Joliet [district final], definitely. All the hard work of the season went into that game. I cried tears of joy. We all stuck together.
Q: As a basketball player, what's the nicest compliment someone can pay you?
CB: He has a nice shot.
Q: What are your plans after basketball at Columbus State?
CB: I'm transferring to Shawnee State to continue playing basketball and studying exercise science.