June 20, 2005
Men's basketball forward Jared Dudley recently accepted an invitation to attend the USA Basketball Men's Under-21 National Team Trials in Dallas, from July 21-23. As he prepares for the team trials and his upcoming junior season, the San Diego native discussed his summer plans.
Q: School has been out for the last month. What have you been doing for the past month on campus?
A: I've been lifting weights in the morning from 10 until about 12 or 12:30. I've been working on squats and trying to get my strength up. The other half of my workout is sprints and agilities, where I can work on power and speed. During the day I relax and in the evening I have summer school. That's basically been my schedule for the past four weeks. I will be flying back home to San Diego on Friday.
Q: What are your plans once you get home?
A: I'm going to be working with a shooting coach, who I had a couple of years ago. I'll work with him about twice a week in the morning. Then I've got my trainer who I have had the last four years for lifting weights and doing stuff to get my legs stronger. I'll also play a little open-run basketball to get ready for the USA tryouts toward the end of July.
Q: When you're at home in San Diego, where do you practice to keep up your game and stay in shape?
A: I practice at Muni [Municipal Gym], right next to the San Diego Zoo in downtown San Diego. That's where the best basketball players play - guys such as Nate Carter from Oklahoma, a teammate of mine from high school, and Shaun Davis from USC. A lot of people come back to play. It's mostly just local kids who went to west coast schools, like UCLA, and other kids who have come back from playing overseas.
Q: Off the court and away from the classroom, what do you like to do for fun in the summer?
A: In the summertime, I like to go to the beach occasionally. I like to go to movies, or maybe clubs at night. I hang out with my friends.
Q: How excited are you to be able to tryout for the U.S. Under-21 Team in Dallas this summer?
A: The experience will be an experience that I have never had before. You're talking about the top players in the country. At least half of these players are going to be NBA picks these next couple of years. To have the experience to play and battle and to see where I stand, I definitely think that talent-wise I am right there with every person that is trying out. Hopefully, my will and desire can come into play.
Q: Do you keep in touch with your teammates over the summer?
A: To be honest with you, not really. When I go back home, if we talk, it might be occasionally. We are around each other during the school year so much, a phone call might happen here or there. Most people are just trying to get back together with their other friends from home. We'll catch back up when we see each other in the beginning of September. When we're at school over the summer, we'll play some open-run basketball at different gyms. Sometimes we'll go down to BU or Northeastern. Back at home, Craig [Smith] might come down to San Diego and call me. And if I go up to L.A., near his way, I will call him. If it's convenient to talk and hang out, we will. If it's out of the way, I don't think we'll make that extra effort.
Q: A week from this Friday, Boston College officially joins the Atlantic Coast Conference. What will it be like to travel down to Tobacco Road and take on some new opponents?
A: It's definitely going to be a dream come true. I remember when I was growing up, I wanted to go to North Carolina. I have family down there, and I'm a big Michael Jordan fan. To go back now and really be against them is going to be a dream come true. I never liked Duke growing up. So, to be able to play them and hopefully beat them - all those times when I wanted other teams to beat them, now it's in my hands. It's going to be a different kind of experience. There will be a lot more exposure, and I'm waiting for that challenge to happen.
Q: Many BC fans are anticipating an exciting inaugural ACC season. As the season stands more than five months away, what message would you like to send to those fans that can't wait for the season to start?
A: I would tell them to strike up the signs, get ready to scream, and just know this is going to be a fun year. I'm going to give my best effort every game and go down to the end fighting for them. I feel like the more we have them on our side, the more wins we are going to get. I don't think that fans really know how much of a difference they can make. Last season, early on a lot of fans weren't really coming. But then they started coming, and we finished 16-1 at home. So a message we can send is that BC is for real. It was not a one-year wonder, so just get ready for next season.
Q: Halfway through your career at the Heights, what do you hope for over the next two seasons?
A: I just hope for success. I hope for success with my teammates and for myself. I'm hoping I can leave my legacy at BC. When they talk about me years down the road, I hope they talk about me as a winner. Everywhere I've gone I have been a winner. I want to help bring ACC basketball to BC. Hopefully, I can be one of the only players ever to have both an ACC title and a Big East title.
Check back this summer to read other Q-and-A interviews with various Boston College athletes who are studying and training on campus this summer.
- interview conducted by senior Alex Timiraos