Papich continues to be solid force for Fox Chapel basketball squad

Marty Stewart
| Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Brian Papich, a 6-foot-2 junior has been a leading force for the Fox Chapel varsity boys basketball team this season.

He also is on the track team where he competes in the triple jump, high jump and long jump, along with the relays.

Last week, Papich was flying high on the court as he scored 22 points in a Foxes victory over Franklin Regional.

He also scored 21 points and blocked six shots in a victory over Woodland Hills.

Papich said he hasn't begun narrowing down his college selection choices but wherever he goes he plans to major in business and continue playing basketball.

In the meantime, Papich said he's not surprised by the success of this year's team.

“We have a lot of guys who have been playing together since we were kids,” Papich said. “We're all close and we have a great chemistry.

“There's no selfishness on our team.”

Here's a closer look at Brian:

Q: Who have been your role models in life and in sports?

A: My mom has always been there for me. In sports, it would be Kyrie Irving. I've read a lot about him and we have similar personalities.

Q: What are your hobbies?

A: Basketball, track and hanging out with my friends.

Q: Who is the best player in the NBA?

A: Lebron James.

Q: Who is the best player in the history of the NBA?

A: Michael Jordan.

Q: What movie could you watch over and over?

A: “Coach Carter.”

Q: What's your favorite TV show?

A: “Big Bang Theory.”

Q: Who do you like to win the Super Bowl?

A: Definitely not the Ravens. The 49ers can't let them win, even if it means the 49ers will tie the Steelers in Super Bowl wins.

Q: Would your sister, Jen, stand a chance against you in a game of one-on-one?

A: No Sir.

Q: Who's your favorite athlete?

A: Kyrie Irving.

Q: Who would be your dream date?

A: Mila Kunis.

Q: Are you optimistic about the Pirates this season?

A: I'm always optimistic. I'm a big Pirates fan.

Q: What would make up your all-time favorite meal?

A: Steak, strawberries, pineapple, corn-on-the-cob and chocolate cake.

Q: Who's the best high school player you ever went up against?

A: Nolan Cressler from Plum.

Q: What's the wildest, craziest thing you've ever done?

A: I'm not much of a wild and crazy guy. When me and my friends were younger, we used to go out and play night games. Nothing bad, though.

Q: People would be surprised to know that I …

A: ... Like school.

Marty Stewart is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-782-2123 or

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