By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Dion Waiters, a Life Center Academy Sr. and a 2010 Syracuse recruit, recently took time to do a Q&A session with The Capital Sports Report at the 2010 PrimeTime Shootout at Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton. His interview is about his sports career.
・ What is your biggest role model outside of sports?
DW: “My mom. I have a couple of mentors, which include my dad, my uncles . . . my whole family basically. My mom’s always been there for me, both through the good and bad times. She stuck with me.”
・ What is your favorite motto?
DW: “Play every game like its your last.”
・ Do you have any superstitions before games?
DW: “Yeah, I’m very superstitious. I don’t know how, but I’m very superstitious. I have to do the same things before each game.”
・ How has sports impacted your life?
DW: “It has helped me stay out of trouble. In the Philly area, it was hard growing up. Playing basketball, you don’t have to worry about anything happening to you if you’re playing sports. I go from home to school to the gym, then back home.”
・ What keeps you motivated in sports?
DW: “Well, I definitely want to be the best. Everybody’s going after that No. 1 spot. I got a lot of motivation right now.”
・ What is a failure that you experienced that has made you a better athlete today?
DW: “Yeah, recently when I wasn’t selected to the McDonald’s All-American game [March 31st in Columbus, Ohio]. I feel like I belong with those guys. I feel like I deserved to be selected. I’m very upset about not being selected to that game.”
・ Could you talk about going to Life Center Academy for academics, not athletics?
DW: “The academics side of Life Center Academy is great! They make sure you get your work done, besides from your basketball.”
・ Why did you select to play basketball?
DW: “I played football, too. But my mom thought I was better in basketball instead of football. I thought I was good at both.”
・ When did you start playing basketball?
DW: “I started playing basketball when I was around 13-years-old. That’s when I started to take the game seriously.”
・ Who is your favorite NBA player?
DW: “Michael Jordan is always going to be atop the list. But right now, I would have to go with Allen Iverson and LeBron James.”
・ Is there any special meaning of his jersey number ?
DW: “It’s a tradition. Growing up, my friend died a few years go, and he wore No. 11, too. I dedicate it to him.”
・ Why he chose Syracuse University
DW: “It’s a great school to attend. I felt like Syracuse is the best fit for me.”
・ What is it going to be like playing for Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim?
DW: “It’s going to be great! He’s a great coach. He knows what he’s talking about. He’s had a lot of great players during his tenure at the school. Hopefully, he’ll work with me and make me great, too.”
・ How do you think coach Boeheim will make you a better player?
DW: “He’s going to motivate me to work harder. I’m going to just listen at first, and then do what he says. I want to make it to the NBA and he knows how to get me there.”
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