Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET, Scot Pollard will finally feel more at home in a challenge than anybody else on the island.

Pollard, who is nearly 7 feet tall and played professional basketball for 11 years, sticks out on a show like Survivor. Some people may be jealous of his profession and the money that comes with it. That can lead to wanting to get him off the show pretty quickly because you don't feel like he deserves or needs the prize money.

However, in Wednesday's episode, his background in professional basketball should be the thing his teammates cherish the most. While it's not asking him to perform the Mikan Drill or block the shots of other contestants, part of the challenge involves shooting buoys into a receptacle that resembles the game of basketball quite a bit. At worst, it resembles basketball's distant cousin netball. The tribe with Pollard on their team has to feel pretty good about this portion of the challenge.

You can preview the challenge here, and below the video, I talked to Scot about what's coming up and the difficulties associated with such a challenge:

Q: How different is whatever that thing it is you're shooting from a basketball?

Scot Pollard: [Laughs] Night and day. I would imagine one of my former teammates and one of my favorite teammates Reggie Miller. … I was rebounding for him one time, getting used to how his ball bounced off the rim or off the bottom of the net or whatever it was, and I was going to pick out a basketball for him. I said, 'Which one do you want?'

He said, 'Just give me one; They're all round.' While I considered myself a decent shooter for my size, it did matter to me which one I picked up. Those things, it was not like shooting a basketball.

Q: So was it hollow?

Scot: Some of them had sand in them. Some were waterlogged. Others were empty. It depended on … they came out of the water. Some of them were waterlogged. Some of them were empty, so they were different weights. They were all the same size but they were different weights. From one to the next, you couldn't say, 'OK, this one is doing the same thing as the last.'

Q: So there's not a certain point where you feel like you're in a rhythm with them because they're all different.

Scot: Yeah, as far as weight, there were not a lot of them [that were the same]. Some were cracking in half. A couple of them broke after I bricked them. Some of them were literally falling apart. Some of them were filled with sand. Some of them were half full. Some of them were waterlogged. It would change the way they flew out through the air because when you throw something that's got water in it, it's like a water balloon at that point. And the water can shift and change trajectory.

Q: When you guys figure out what the challenge is – I’m not sure if you can answer this -- is there a certain point where your entire team feels very confident because they do have the former NBA player? Like if we can get to this point, this is over?

Scot: Well… [laughs] yeah, that's the insinuation of probably why that challenge existed in the first place. If I had said, 'Oh I'll do the water portion,' people would probably raise their eyebrows at me like, 'whoa whoa, where’s the confidence?' So it was a foregone conclusion which portion of that challenge I was going to be doing. Then it was up to me to either embarrass myself on national TV or maybe pull it out.

Q: Well, you mentioned maybe embarrassing yourself on national TV. Does that put more pressure on you? I know you've dealt with pressure quite a bit in your life because that's just part of what you've done, but does that actually put more pressure on you to actually come through in this challenge?

Scot: Well, at the time it was all mental. In high school, college, and the NBA, you've got a live audience there either cheering for you or screaming against you. And sometimes both. When you've got 20,000-plus screaming against you, chanting at you that you're a horrible person or whatever -- trying to make you miss a free throw -- that's a little bit more pressure than just some cameras looking at you on a beach in paradise where you're shooting a non-basketball at a non-basketball rim.

It was mental from a pride factor. As far as a pressure standpoint, it's still just a beach game versus the reality of my former profession, which was actual pressure with not only cameras but actual humans screaming for you or against you to make this shot.

Q: I know you mentioned in the previous episode with kind of being traded before and joining new teams in the past. Does that aspect of it, since you're on a new tribe for the second straight week or second straight episode at least, does that add any more pressure to it that now you have to maybe impress your new teammates?

Scot: Well of course, especially given the distribution of the Brawn Tribe and the swap, I was the only Brawn in my tribe and said, 'Well, they’re going to get me out immediately because I'm the only one, I'm an easy target and I've got zero numbers.' I immediately thought, 'OK, next challenge I've got to prove that they're going to need me to win a challenge.' So I did that.

My teammates did their best. Neil and Debbie [on the other team] were just ridiculously phenomenal in the puzzle portion of the challenge and ended up winning. But I did impress my teammates with my portion of the challenge and proved my worth. And it immediately became about getting rid of a Beauty [tribe member]. There was that added pressure when I got to the swap and realized, 'Uh oh. I've got to prove my worth to this tribe."

And it was … you know, when you get traded or you sign with a new team, there is that impetus in your soul that you go, 'OK, I've got to prove myself. They wanted me. The team wanted me. The organization wanted me. But do my teammates want me around?' And you've got to prove your worth to your teammates because if your teammates don't respect you or want you around, you're not going to have a good go in the locker room.

Q: You mentioned Reggie [Miller] earlier. Do you think any of your former teammates would have been fine at this challenge? Or would that imbalance with the ball or the orb, I guess however you want to say it, would that have thrown anybody off?

Scot: Look, you ask an NBA player if they're going to win that challenge and they're going to say yes. Anybody is going to say, 'I would have absolutely destroyed that challenge.' Or at least that portion of that challenge. So yeah, of course. Reggie would've made every one. And Ray Allen would've made every one.

In games there are adjustments, too. The trajectory isn't changed by the weight of the ball in a basketball game, but there are external factors. There's guys in your face. There's guys putting a hand in your eyes. There's guys pushing you as you go up to shoot. There's all kinds of different things that can affect your shot and the best shooters are the ones who can block those things out. So of course, I would say a better shooter than myself would have possibly done better in that challenge even though every little buoy was a different weight.

Q: So my last question for you, last time you and I talked, you mentioned that the challenges were tough because you're fatigued, you’re dehydrated, you don’t have a lot of nutrients from food -- that you were eating a lot of coconut, essentially. I'm imagining that this was even exponentially more because you're so much further into the competition at this point?

Scot: Yeah, being on the Beauty island, this is probably … let's see this challenge is probably Day 3 or 4 of me being on the new island. I was eating better because there was more ample food and ocean creatures available on this island than there were on Brawn. I was the only one really looking on Brawn island in the water. Nobody else really liked the water on the Brawn team, so I was the only one looking in the water. And without masks, it's pretty hard to see what's under water and to see what's down there.

I had a mask and a snorkel on Beauty island, so I was able to go out there and find some giant clams and such. So I was eating better, as of this challenge. I would say it was a combination of this was easier because of two factors: A) the challenge wasn't as physically strenuous for me. I didn't do any swimming or pushing a boat or lifting heavy objects as I had done in other challenges. Whereas this one, it was just waiting around for the buoys so I could shoot them. So I was eating better and it wasn't as strenuous so I would say fatigue was less of a factor actually in this one than maybe other challenges.

Scot Pollard should feel right at home in latest challenge. (CBS)
Scot Pollard should feel right at home in latest challenge. (CBS)