By Student Assistant Sara Vierra 2015
SCU: What has been the most significant difference in playing basketball at SCU compared to your alma mater, Gunn High School (Palo Alto)?
KP: Playing basketball at Santa Clara is much more intense than at Gunn. The game is much quicker and more physical, and it is really a year-long commitment. Also, here at Santa Clara the fans are amazing! It's great to play in front of so many dedicated Bronco supporters!
SCU: What are your goals for this upcoming season?
KP: Our main goal for the upcoming season is to win the WCC! We've had a really strong offseason and we're ready to bounce back after a tough season last year.
SCU: What does your typical work out routine consist of? Do you only work out once a day?
KP: Our workout routine varies quite a bit depending on how near we are to season. Summer workouts usually consist of training in the weight room 4 or 5 days a week, court workouts 2 or 3 days a week, and playing pickup 2 or 3 days a week as well. It's quite a lot in all, approximately 2 or 3 hours per day, but the coaches do a great job of keeping all the workouts quick and competitive. That way they seem to fly by.
SCU: Would you rather make the game winning shot, or be able to easily bench press 400 pounds?
KP: I would definitely rather make the game winning shot! I spend a lot of time in the weight room with Cory Schlesinger, and as much as I love to pretend that I'm a meat head, at the end of the day I'm a basketball player, and there's no better feeling than scoring the game winning shot!
SCU: What have you learned most from your strength and conditioning coach, Cory Schlesinger?
KP: Cory has been absolutely amazing for our team! Obviously I've learned a lot in the weight room from him as far as exercises to increase my strength and speed on the court. But, more than that, I've learned a lot about nutrition, and how to take care of my body. The season is especially taxing on our bodies, and learning how to properly recover is a key part of being able to perform on the court. Cory is extremely knowledgeable and I can honestly say I've never felt more physically prepared entering a season!
SCU: What do you feel your strongest contribution is as captain of your team?
KP: As a captain, I feel that I have a lot to share with the underclassmen. I have had the opportunity the last three years to be highly involved with our program, and I know what to expect. I know all of our plays, our defensive strategies, and also am familiar with our opponents. The finer details will help our younger guys succeed. I have not taken a particularly vocal role within the team in the past, but I now feel that I have the confidence to do so.
SCU: What are your plans after college?
KP: I recently accepted a job at Stryker Endoscopy for after college! Stryker sells medical equipment, and this past summer I interned at their arthroscopy/general surgery division here in San Jose. I'm very excited to pursue a career in medical devices!