Q/A with A10 POY Jón Axel Guðmundsson
Davidson star, Jón Axel Guðmundsson, can do it all on the court. The guard from Grindavik, Iceland averaged 16.9 points and led the Wildcats in rebounds, assists, and steals. We got the chance to catch up with the rising senior to discuss his career thus far.
Q: To start, what made Davidson the right school for you?
A: I just knew it would be hard being away from home. After my visit at Davidson I knew how much of a family the environment was and how close the brotherhood was around the basketball team.
Q: Was the move from Iceland to the US difficult and if so how?
A: No, I wouldn’t say so. When I arrived at Davidson I was taken with open arms and right away it felt like my home! Everything around the college is amazing and the feeling of that brotherhood is just special, it’s unique and something you can’t find anywhere else.
Q: How often do you work out individually and what do those workouts consist of?
A: I try to work on my game individually like 5-6x a week extra on top of practices. That just consists ball handling, shooting and finishing.
Q: You originally declared for the draft and then decided to return, what made you decide to return to Davidson?
A: I feel like I had some aspect to my game that I could keep working on at Davidson. We had a good year last year and I knew we could have even better year this season. We had some unfinished business to take care of and obviously getting a degree means a lot.
Q: How did it feel to win Atlantic 10 player of the year?
A: It’s an honor and something that would’ve been impossible without my teammates and coaching staff. They make my job really easy
Q: You averaged 17 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists last year and led Davidson to 24 wins. What are you looking to improve on this upcoming year and what are some goals you’ve put in place?
A: Just trying to improve on my overall game. Just get better at everything that can help out the team to win more games. Just to be even better than last year.
Q: What was your favorite moment thus far during your time at Davidson?
A: So many memories but have to go with winning the A10 Championship.
Q: What makes you think Davidson can not only get to the tourney this year, but also make a deep run?
A: We got the best coach in the nation and our team this year will be extremely deep and talented.
Q: What is something that most people might not know about you?
A: That I’m the best Catan player in Iceland.