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Student-Athlete Profile: Shane McSparron '15

Monday, August 5, 2013

What made you want to come to Carleton?

I chose Carleton because of the excellent academic reputation, the small campus, small class sizes and proximity to home.  Also, I have heard nothing but great things from people who have gone here or currently enrolled.

What have been some of the differences between college and high school sports?

Some of the main differences between high school and college sports is the pace of the game.  In college the speed is much faster, and also the intensity of the games.  In my opinion, much more fun.

How do you balance everything you do at Carleton?

Surprisingly enough, balancing sports, academics and a social life is not too much of a challenge.  You just have to prioritize your school work first, that is the most important.  The coaches are very good about understanding the workload at Carleton and do not bombard you with practices and workouts.  In regards to a social life, this may suffer a bit due to your other commitments.  Don't get me wrong, there is still plenty of chances to have fun and be with friends.

What is a regular day like for you during your season?

A regular day for me during the season would be attending my classes, then looking at the work I have to complete for the day before I head to practice. Then I would attend practice, eat dinner after, and then finish my homework.  If I can finish my work before practice, that's even better.  On game days it is a little different.  The same class and work routine, but then we eat our pregame meal early, followed by walkthroughs at West Gym, and then there is an hour or so to prepare yourself to play, or get some studying done.

What are some of your favorite moments from playing basketball at Carleton?

My all time favorite moment from playing Carleton basketball would be the Hawaii trip.  Two times in your career at Carleton you will get to take a trip to Hawaii and play down there.  And my sophomore year, we ended up beating Hawaii-Pacific University, a very strong Division II team, which made the trip that much better.  Also just the life-long friendships and connections that I have made with teammates.  I have never been apart of a program where the members were this close.

What would you say to a high school student-athlete considering Carleton?

I would definitely say that if you are willing to put in the work, want to have fun, and you want to become a part of a great community, Carleton is for you.  The campus is beautiful, the people are friendly, as well as the professors.  They are willing to help you succeed, and you develop personal connections with them.  We look forward to seeing you become a Knight!