Sophomore guard Andrew Rohde transferred to Virginia after an outstanding freshman season at St. Thomas (Minn.). The 6-foot-6, 185-pound sharpshooter averaged 17.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.7 assists en route to All-Summit League First Team, Freshman of the Year and All-Newcomer Team honors in 2022-23. The Milwaukee, Wis., native shot 44.8 percent from the field, 32 percent from 3-point range and 81.5 percent from the free throw line. The Kyle Macy Freshman of the Year Award finalist scored 531 points, becoming the first Tommie first-year player to score 500 points in a season.
Rohde was named First-Team All-State and All-Conference after averaging 28.5 points, 8.1 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 2.2 steals as a high school senior at Brookfield Central in 2020-21. He led the Lancers to a runner-up finish in the WIAA Division 1 State Tournament.
“I knew UVA was the right fit from the start,” Rohde said when joining the program in April. “Coach Bennett and the rest of the staff have developed such an amazing culture with great people. I can’t wait to be a part of such an amazing program and play with this group of guys. I am ready to get to work!”
Rohde visited with VirginiaSports.com in a recent interview before the start of official practice this fall.
Q: Why did you choose to transfer to Virginia?
Rohde: I chose Virginia because of the amazing coaching staff and the family atmosphere. I knew I would be surrounded by people who cared about me and would also push me to be the best version of myself.
Q: What’s the best part about playing at UVA so far?
Rohde: The best part about playing at UVA so far is getting better with my teammates. We push each other every day and to see everyone growing and getting after it has been a lot of fun.
Q: What can fans expect from you this season?
Rohde: Fans can expect a high energy and driven person who will do whatever it takes to help my team win.
Q: What NBA player do you model your game after and why?
Rohde: The player I try to model my game after is Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. I love how smooth his game is and how patient he is always making the right decisions.
Q: What has been the best moment in your basketball career so far?
Rohde: Winning the state championship in high school at Brookfield Central.
Q: Do you have any pregame rituals or a go-to pregame meal?
Rohde: My pregame meal is pasta or fettuccine alfredo.
Q: If you could play one other sport besides basketball, what would it be and why?
Rohde: If I couldn’t hoop, I would definitely play soccer. I played all throughout high school.
Q: What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Rohde: Playing FIFA.
Q: Use one word to describe your shoe game.
Q: Which teammate is the worst at NBA 2K24?
Rohde: Leon Bond III
Q: If you could swap lives with a teammate for a day, who would it be and why?
Rohde: Anthony Robinson. I would like to see what it would be like to be the tallest.
Q: Who would play you in a movie?
Rohde: Channing Tatum. He played Jason Lyle from the movie Coach Carter.