Milton Atheletes playing sports in college
by Jonny Blaize on Friday, June 5th, 2015
What ultimately led you to choose Notre Dame?
My two main requirements were to have a good coaching staff and good academics. After considering all options, the ones that contained my requirements were Northwestern, Notre Dame, Harvard, and Stanford. I ultimately chose Notre Dame because I visited the campus and loved it.
Are players treated any differently than regular students?
Yes. The football team gets free meals. Also, a new NCAA rule has just been passed that allows a yearly stipend ($3,000-5,000) for Division I players.
When does team training start?
Have you met any of the players?
Not yet. In the summer, during training camp, I will be living with the team in dorms.
What are you most excited about in playing at the Division I level?
I am most excited for my first game against Texas because it will mark the official beginning of my college career.
What was your recruitment process like?
Mine was a little different than most because I applied to a lot of schools regular decision, but I started talking to a lot of schools at the end of my junior spring. By the end of the summer, I had a couple options but wanted to apply to a couple other places before making a decision.
What drew you to Haverford?
The whole package of high-level academics and being able to contribute right away were the main forces behind my decision-making.
Has Haverford given you any programs to follow to train for the summer?
Yes. A couple days ago they sent me the full summer workout schedule, but the main objective coming in as a freshman is to play as much baseball as possible this summer.
Have you met anyone on the team?
When I went on my visit a couple months ago, I stayed in the baseball house and met a bunch of the guys on the team. They’re a bunch of good guys. Right around orientation I think we’ll have some type of meeting before fall ball.
What are you most excited about for the season next year?
I’m excited because I’ll have a chance to contribute and play right away. I’m going to try to use fall ball to solidify a spot.
What do you think the transition from being the leader on your team to being a new addition will be like?
I think it’ll be a shock at first to be the freshman carrying equipment again, but I already know that the leaders on my new team are leaders because they worked hard the past three years and earned the respect of their teammates. So I think the transition will be easy because it’ll be easy to look up to and respect my new teammates. Also, they know the routine and everything, and I’m sure they will help us newbies get settled.
What do you think the biggest adjustment is going to be for you at the next level?
I think it will be the difference in strength and conditioning from high school to college. Everybody will be in much better shape and a lot stronger, so my main focus this summer will be getting a lot stronger and faster.
Have you always wanted to play college basketball? Or did it just sort of happen?
I have always wanted to play basketball in college—that was always the goal. I started AAU in 8th grade, and that’s when I realized that I wanted to play as long as I could. I’m also planning on walking onto the softball team at Bates, which sort of just happened. I love softball and was waiting to see how my senior season went before deciding to talk to the coach about walking on. Then my season went well and I got very positive feedback from the Bates coach, so hopefully I’ll play both!
What are your individual goals for next year?
To play in every basketball game, I don’t care how long, and to make the softball team.
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