Lovell Cabbil, a freshman guard at Liberty University from Mansfield (TX) Summit, talks with Zach DiSchiano about his career, faith, and other interests in this exclusive Q&A.
Before we get started, here’s a look at the Liberty Flames next scoring guard.
ZD: Can you just kind of tell me how you got your start in the game, when you really fell in love with it and made it your priority?
LC: I grew up with several cousins who loved to play basketball, and also my dad played so I just grew up playing. In 8th grade I really fell in love with it and I realized that was what I really wanted to do.
ZD: Your faith seems to be a big part of your life. From your Twitter bio to the university you chose, all Christian, what role does your religion play in your life?
LC: Religion plays a major part in my life. I do all things for God, whether it’s playing basketball or just the way I live my life.
ZD: Are you still planning on majoring in sports management? What do you want to do with that degree and why?
LC: Yes, I want to coach college basketball, or work in the front office for a NBA team.
ZD: How would you describe the level of competition in the state of Texas, with AAU ball and school ball?
LC: I think the competition level is the best. Doesn’t get any better than Texas.
ZD: What were your feelings about moving to Virginia? Did you know anyone there?
LC: It was tough for me to move, I didn’t know anyone. I was leaving my family and my friends, but it’s part of growing up so I’ll get through it.
ZD: What advice would you give to the incoming high school freshmen that want to play college ball like you?
LC: Live in the gym, but mostly make sure your grades are good. That will hold you back from making it to the next level.
ZD: Who’s your favorite NBA team and player?
LC: My favorite team is the Lakers and of course Kobe is my favorite. He’s the greatest.
ZD: Do you like any other sports? If so, what teams?
LC: Yes I love baseball and football, I am a Patriots fan and I don’t have a baseball team, I just like playing.
ZD: Why do people hate on your boy Tom Brady so much?
LC: Man I don’t know (laughing), I think they just wish their team had him or they think he cheats, I don’t know what it is.
ZD: Are you going to play baseball at LU?
LC: Nah, I’m not good enough for college but I like to play on the side.
ZD: Who were you pulling for in the World Series?
LC: I didn’t really watch the World Series this year.
ZD: Top 3 artists to listen to?
LC: Lil Wayne, Drake and Big Sean.
ZD: You’re sleeping on PND. And if you ever retweet that Hotline Bling nonsense again, you might get caught with an unfollow.
LC: I listen to like three PND songs (laughing), I like him. But the Hotline Bling is the jam.
ZD: You have some great range from three. What else are you bringing to the table at Liberty?
LC: I’ll bring toughness, defensive ability, and ability to play the 1 and 2.
ZD: How many hours a day did you put in at the gym on average to get to the level you’re at?
LC: (laughing) With school being in about five hours at least, not counting practice times.
ZD: What role did coach McKay say you will play at Liberty?
LC: Score the ball, and get others open shots.
ZD: What’s your favorite holiday and why?
LC: Halloween is my favorite, and ’cause you get to get creative and dress up and I love to dress up.
ZD: What were you for Halloween?
LC: I was a referee.
ZD: I’m sure you were calling fouls all over the place.
LC: Oh yeah (laughing) I didn’t miss one.
ZD: Who’s winning the college football playoff this year?
ZD: What was your reaction when you heard DJ Hogg, Admon Gilder, Elijah Thomas, and Tyler Davis were all going to A&M together?
LC: I was very surprised, didn’t see that coming.
ZD: What are your goals at Liberty this year?
LC: To win freshman of the conference and make the NCAA tournament.
Zach DiSchiano is the publisher and co-founder of Texas Top 100. Follow him on Twitter at @zachdischiano.