Farewell to the hardwood heroes

Basketball seniors share their insights as their season ends

Compiled by Peter Melling /// Sports Editor

Bradley Carter (’15)

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What is your fondest memory from LC basketball?

My fondest memories from LC basketball is when we are on road trips and we are all laughing and joking around with each other to pass the time. Those memories are something I will hold with me for the rest of my life.

What do you hope to leave behind?

I hope to leave behind a tradition of strong work ethic and dedication to the team.

Who is your favorite NBA player?

My favorite NBA player is Chris Kaman of the Portland Trail Blazers.

What advice would you give to future LC basketball players?

I would tell future LC basketball players to not waste a minute of your time here and to do everything you can to get the most out of this experience because it is a very good opportunity and a huge privilege to be able to be a such great school and be able to play basketball. Take nothing for granted and leave everything on the court because before you know it, it will be over.

What are your post-grad plans?

I plan on staying in Portland and hope to find work mentoring and helping young athletes.

If you were to have a yearbook quote, what would it be?

“If you don’t have fun when you’re young, you’ll have nothing to talk about when you’re old.”

Justin Leathers (’15)

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What is your fondest memory from LC basketball?

Midnight Madness, it was my first time getting to play in front a crowd that big. I was so excited and anxious I wanted to dunk everything as hard as I could which resulted in me missing a couple dunks.

What do you hope to leave behind?

I hope to leave behind mistakes and bad decisions. I made plenty of my own but they’ve made me into the guy I am today.

Who is your favorite NBA player?

Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers is my favorite player.

What advice would you give to future LC basketball players?

Athletes at LC are a really tight knit group, and that’s cool, but don’t be afraid to try new things and meet new people outside of the athletic community. You never know what you might end up enjoying.

What are your post-grad plans?

I’m still figuring it out. I’m not really committed to anything, but I have interests in sales and marketing. I hope to become an owner of my own business. What that business is, is still a mystery.

If you were to have a yearbook quote, what would it be?

“Don’t give ’em too much you / Don’t let ’em take control / It’s one thing you do / Don’t let ’em taint your soul / If you believe in God / One thing’s for sure / If you ain’t aim too high / Then you aim too low” – J. Cole

Casey Zinn (’15)

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What is your fondest memory from LC basketball?

My favorite memory is from my sophomore year when we won conference and we hosted the first round of the NCAA tournament.

What do you hope to leave behind?

I hope to leave behind great memories. These four years went by way faster than I ever would have expected but getting to play the sport I love at the college level was a dream come true. So I just hope to leave behind great memories with all my teammates I have had over these past four years and all my coaches as well.

Who is your favorite NBA player?

My favorite player is Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers.

What advice would you give to future LC basketball players?

I’d say to enjoy every minute of it because it goes way faster than you think it will. Also, just have fun.

What are your post-grad plans?

I plan on going on to physical therapy school.

If you were to have a yearbook quote, what would it be?

“Somewhere behind the athlete you’ve become and the hours of practice and the coaches who have pushed you is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back… play for her.” Mia Hamm

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