Students need nine hours to play basketball.
By Christy Romero
Coach Louis Martinez looked for character, experience and good attitude in choosing the men’s basketball team.
More than 40 people attended the first day of men’s basketball tryouts Aug. 24, and he has whittled the number to 17.
“They have to know how to play and have the experience of playing organized basketball,” Martinez said. “There’s a difference between organized basketball and thinking you’re playing basketball. Also character, the way they act on the court during tryouts.
“I ask the players if they’re sure this is something they want to do because this is a big commitment.” Martinez said. “If you’re working and you miss, it’s not going to work out for you. If you’re not going to be able to play, there’s going to be guys here who are earning that spot.”
Practice lasts around two hours Monday-Thursday and three hours on Friday, Martinez said.
To join the team, students must have a 2.0 grade-point average, be enrolled in nine hours or more, and attend games and practices.
“First of all, they have to be registered on the first day,” he said. “I’ve had a lot of guys show up and who aren’t registered in school yet. If you can’t meet the requirements, you can’t be here.”
Kinesiology freshman Chris Salazar Jr., also known as “ C.J.”, said he feels good about this season and looks forward to working with the four returning players.
“A couple of people are returning from last year; they’re good leaders and will help us be successful on the court,” he said.