October 1, 2010

Junior Trasolini Leads by Example

By Carolyn Linck, '11

As a 2010 WCC Honorable Mention player and 2010 Academic All District Honoree, junior forward Marc Trasolini leads the Broncos by example on and off the court.  Gearing up for his third season of Santa Clara basketball, Trasolini believes he and the rest of the team are ready to take huge steps forward in the 2010-11 campaign.

"First and foremost it's about winning as a team this year. We didn't perform like we wanted to last season, so I think my goal and everyone else's focus is just on winning," said Trasolini.

Trasolini, who increased his scoring average from 6.7 points per game as a freshman to 13.7 as a sophomore, thinks the addition of new players and the return of Kevin Foster will have a positive impact on the team's record.

"It was huge when Kevin got hurt so early last season. We lost our leading scorer, and one of the leaders on the team in general, and that really hurt. We're all really excited to have him back and know it will make a big difference."

Trasolini also believes the development of a strong freshmen class, including two post players Yannick Atanga and John McArthur, will help the Broncos succeed in 2010-11.  Indeed, Trasolini is actively helping the freshmen adjust to the collegiate level of play.

"I'm definitely trying to teach them a few things.  Some technical things, like where to go on certain plays or what move to make, but other stuff too – just what to expect in general so they'll be ready when the season comes."

Spending his summer playing for Canada's Developmental Men's National Team in Europe, Trasolini feels what he learned overseas will help him back at Santa Clara.

"It was an awesome experience. I got to see new countries and cultures, but more than that I got to play against some of the best players in the world and really developed my game and expanded my knowledge about basketball."

Looking forward to his junior year, Trasolini is most excited to play Gonzaga at home, which will happen on Thursday, January 20, in the Leavey Center.

"I'm really looking forward to proving that we can compete with them and to put our team in a good position to make a run at the conference tournament in March. We want to get to the NCAA Tournament this year, and playing well against Gonzaga would be a great first step, but we have a lot of big games before that."

Before West Coast Conference play begins in January, the Broncos will open the season in a home exhibition game against CSU Maritime on Friday, November 5, in the Leavey Center.