April 11, 2011

Trasolini Reflects on Junior Year

By: Nicole Grazioli '12

Marc Trasolini
(MT) helped lead the Santa Clara men's basketball team to a successful season this year, averaging 12.8 ppg, 0.9 bpg and 6.1 rpg in 26.4 mpg his junior year.  His hardwork was recognized when he was named WCC Player of the Week for the first time on Feb. 28.  SantaClaraBroncos.com (SCU) had the chance to talk with Trasolini about the past season, what he will miss most about the seniors and his goals for next year.

SCU: What was your fondest memory from the entire season on and off the court?

MT: Beating Gonzaga at home and then Iona in the CIT Championship were the two best memories from the season.  The first one was such a great game for us and there was so much energy and passion in that game.  Also, my dad and uncles were there and got to witness an amazing game. Then obviously winning a championship on the road in NYC was great. We finally experienced the gratification that our hard work had paid off. We ended the season off spectacularly.

SCU: You scored your 1,000th career point on February 26 against Pepperdine this season.  What type of shot was it?  How did it feel after you made the shot and reached this mark?

MT: It was a pull-up jumper. It felt great knowing that I had reached a prestigious benchmark and was surrounded with some great company on the SCU leaderboard.

SCU: What helps you stay focused throughout the long season?

MT: I think the drive and will to win is what keeps me motivated. I love the game and just doing everything I can to help our team win is a great feeling.

SCU: Is there certain parts of the game this season that you spent more time practicing on then others?

MT: I think I focused more on my mental and physical health because I was faced with adversity throughout the season (with injuries, etc.) and had to work through them. It was such an important determinant of success for me.

SCU: You have been a CoSIDA All-District Academic All-American two straight years with a 3.51 GPA in Business.  How do you balance basketball and school?  Do you have any advice for student-athletes who may struggle with this?

MT: Balancing the two can be very challenging, but I think that I have gotten very good at it. I like to make lists and reminders to make sure I get everything done.  A schedule of the upcoming week is important and taking things one day at a time really pays off.

SCU: What do you think led to a successful season for the team?

MT: I think a combination of things.  First, we had great leadership, especially towards the end of the year. They really drove us to play hard and be accountable.  Also, I think the added experience and playing with the same team for the past two years really helped us as well because we had great chemistry and worked well with each other. Lastly, I think we had a lot of talent and had guys who came in and made big plays for us on offense and defense.

SCU: Now that the season is over, what will you most likely be doing?

MT: For now, I will be relaxing and getting healthy. Once workouts start up again in two weeks I will work hard to improve my strength and my game in all areas.

SCU: What are you going to miss most about the seniors?

MT: I'm especially going to miss all the guys and their personalities. They were great, fun to be around and they will be sorely missed.

SCU: What are your goals for next season as a senior?

MT: As a senior I want to keep building on this year and my keep establishing SCU as a great basketball program. I want to continue winning and hopefully make it to the NCAA tournament.

SCU: How did you and the team celebrate your CIT Championship victory?

MT: We went pretty crazy in the locker room and have been in great spirits ever since. We got a chance to celebrate back home with our loyal SCU fans.

SCU: Is there anything else you'd like to add or say to Bronco fans?

MT: Just want to say thanks to all the fans for their support and for a great year! Looking forward to next year already! Go Broncos!

 

Broncos basketball finished their season finishing 24-14 overall and 9-6 in the WCC Conference.  Congratulations on a great season Broncos!