Athlete of the Week – Nick Paquette
MAJOR: General Business
HOMETOWN: Smithtown, New York
How Did You First Start Playing Basketball?
My dad played in college, and he was my inspiration to start playing. I started in kindergarten, that’s when everyone starts just playing intramurals and CYO and all that. That’s actually when me and my current teammate Matt [Misser] started playing together.
Outside Of Basketball What Do You Like To Do?
I just enjoy hanging out with friends, having a good time and enjoying life. I like playing any sport, I enjoy all sports. I just took basketball more seriously than the others.
Who Are Your Biggest Role Models?
My biggest role models are obviously my parents. My dad played college basketball, so I kind of wanted to follow in his footsteps and my mom also was a pretty good athlete. All their hard work inspires me and pushes me.
Are You A Fan Of Any Professional Teams?
Yes, the Boston Celtics. My dad grew up in Massachusetts and growing up I had no team to follow besides the Knicks, and he didn’t like them so I was a Boston fan.
Do You Have Any Superstitions?
Every time the Celtics are in a Game 7, I always wear a jersey all day long. Just, you know, gotta rep.
What’s Your Favorite Sports Memory?
Junior year of high school, I played against my teammate Brandon Tolliver, and Coach Rejniak was actually recruiting Tolliver at the time. I had a really good game and that’s when he started recruiting me, so that’s something I just won’t forget.
Do YOU Want To Be Athlete Of The Week?
Contact Michael Rosen at Rosenm2@hawkmail.newpaltz.edu