As college basketball prepares for the last few games of the 2011-12 season, here are some final thoughts from the two seniors in the Muhlenberg men’s basketball program, taken from their Senior Day profiles.
What’s your secret to grabbing so many rebounds? My real secret to grabbing so many rebounds is simply to miss a layup and grab the offensive rebound.
How have you changed as a player during your career? I have continually tried to extend my game away from strictly layups and become a better outside shooter. I believe I have also become a better leader, and I strive to make everyone on our young team better every day. Lastly, as coach can attest, I have become a pretty tenacious defender. I regularly match up against our opponent’s fifth-best scorer.
What did it mean to you to be just the third first-team Academic All-American in school history?
It is an enormous honor to represent Muhlenberg College both academically and athletically at the national level. It is also a tremendous tribute to my teammates, coaches and professors; I would never have been able to achieve such an award without their help.
What’s the most memorable moment from your Mule career? Besides all the friendships that I have made during my four years at Muhlenberg, my most memorable moments are definitely the two home wins over nationally ranked Franklin & Marshall teams. Those are two wins that I will remember for the rest of my life.
Your great-grandmother was Gertrude Hawk of candy fame. How much chocolate did you eat growing up? Let’s just say I have had my fair share of Smidgens over the years.
What are your future plans? I have already accepted a job with JPMorgan Chase in Newark, Delaware. I also hope to one day open my own business.
What has Max Saidman meant to the team as a student assistant? Max brings a lot of basketball knowledge to the program. He does an immense amount of behind-the-scenes work and has poured his heart and soul into the program over the past four years. Max recently scouted and successfully put together a winning game plan against the No. 8 team in the country, F&M. The program will greatly miss Max when he graduates in May.
What made you decide to become a student assistant? Coach Madeira told me he didn’t need any more sub-six-foot slow guys and decided to cut me. So I stayed around pretty much for the free gear.
What do your duties entail? What do you like doing best? My duties entail everything that Coach Finch doesn’t want to do. The thing I like to do the best is set the “Swag Standard” for the squad.
What’s the most memorable basketball moment from your time at Muhlenberg? When we toured Ireland the summer before my sophomore year. This year, it was definitely beating F&M at home. That game and atmosphere were awesome.
What are your future plans? Continue to work with a team or company that is basketball related. I’m a free agent, and I’m looking for the first place to step up with a six-figure signing bonus.
What’s it been like spending four years with Spencer Liddic? Spencer this, Spencer that. All-America this, All-America that. 4.0 GPA this, 4.0 GPA that. Spencer, Spencer, Spencer … That’s all we ever hear!! But actually, believe it or not, Spencer is even better than all the hype. He never lets it get to his head and is always putting the team first. He’s a great player, but an even better guy off the court.