Athlete of the Week: David Dennis

David Dennis is a junior sports management major on the men’s basketball team. As a freshman, Dennis played in all 35 games of the season and held the title of Mountain East Conference Freshman of the Year. Now a junior, Dennis is looking forward to the successful completion of the Shark basketball season.

When did you start playing basketball?

“I started playing when I was around 2 years old with my father. He played basketball throughout college and played pro overseas. He just put the ball in my hand at a young age and I just fell in love with it and I’ve been playing ever since.”

What is the dynamic of the team like?

“We have a bunch of different player traits and personalities that are all still just blending in. I think we are playing very well right now but we still have a long way to go. We still are a couple of games out, but I would like to say that we are making a bunch of steps in the right direction.”

What’s your favorite part of being on the team?

“The brotherhood and the family. Just the friendships that you make and the time that you have together. It’s all a process we believe in. Spending so many hours in a day with people that you enjoy is probably the best part for me.”

Do you have any team rituals or personal rituals before every game?

“We pray before every game. I know I pray a bunch before every game. I try to eat the same thing before every game; I try to have chicken and pasta. I have to drink a gallon of Gatorade the day before and the night of a game, too.”

What are your plans for after graduation?

“Hopefully if I’m good enough, I’ll play overseas. Then after that, I want to coach somewhere. I have a few connections here, and hopefully wherever I end up I’ll find somewhere to coach there.”

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