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An Interview With Kenny Hasbrouck

The basketball resume of former Siena Saint Kenny Hasbrouck is simply… impressive. His accomplishments during his career at Siena College were many. He was the 2005-2006 MAAC Rookie of the year, picked 2006-2007 2nd team all-MAAC, and 2007-2008 and 2008–2009 1st team all-MAAC. In 2008-2009 he was selected MAAC Player of the Year, and 2008 and 2009 MAAC Tournament MVP. Following the 2007-2008 season Collegeinsider.com named Kenny mid-major player of the year, and in 2009 he was named AP All-American honorable mention.  It becomes quite clear why his #41 is retired and hanging from the rafters of the Times Union Center.

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Following his time as a Saint, Kenny spent parts of two seasons with the Miami Heat of the NBA. Currently he is playing professionally in Spain with Meridiano Alicante which is in the Spanish first division, ACB (Asociacion de Clubs de Baloncesto) where he is averaging 10.8 points per game. 4guysinblazers caught up with Kenny this week for the following interview. Thanks Kenny for your support!

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4guysinblazers: What brought you to Siena/ led you to choose Siena

Kenny Hasbrouck: Well the reasons I chose to come to Siena were: Coach Mac’s history of winning and bringing teams from nothing to something, Mrs. Mac was very friendly and made me feel like I was already part of her family on my visit because honestly I was scared to speak to Coach Mac on my visit! All he did was stare at me most of the time and it was my first visit so I didn’t want to say the wrong thing! The Pepsi Arena aka the Times Union Arena was a very big factor because I wanted to fill it one day with fans and it was one of the biggest home courts in college basketball. Last but not least I chose Siena because of Coach Craig Carter; he was the only person that spoke nothing about Siena! He was so interested in my life and well being, and he just wanted me to make the right decision for me. Oh yeah and we also saw three movies in a row on my visit!

 

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4guysinblazers: What is your favorite moment/ best memory of your time at Siena on the court?

Kenny Hasbrouck: My two most memorable moments will be no surprise, the 1st most memorable for personal reasons was our game against Vandy in the NCAA Tournament when we beat them and I had 30 pts! The 2nd most memorable time was the Ohio State victory we had in the NCAA Tournament not because we won in double overtime but the way we won and who hit the shots…Ronald Moore!

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4guysinblazers: What went through your mind as the last seconds ticked off the clock in your last game with Siena?

Kenny Hasbrouck: Honestly the only thing I thought about was “now it’s time to get ready for the NBA.”

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4guysinblazers: What’s one thing a Siena fan might not know about what it’s like to be a Siena basketball player?

Kenny Hasbrouck: That’s a tough question, I guess they wouldn’t know how close we were off the court. I know most teams hang out with each other and stuff but we were like a real family when I was there. We not only did everything together but we all actually cared deeply about each other and it really showed on the court with the way we played! That’s why no one averaged 20 pts a game with us because we didn’t care who scored the most, we all shared the same common goal and that was winning!

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4guysinblazers: Siena’s season didn’t turn out as well as the last few, what is the key to them returning to the top of the MAAC?

Kenny Hasbrouck: The first thing will have to be working hard, trying to better themselves on the court. Everyone can say we need better players, coaches, etc. but what it really comes down to is, how bad do you want to win?! How hard will you push yourselves to get better?! Will you sacrifice to be the best?! Those are the characteristics that create a champion in my opinion.

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4guysinblazers: What is the game like in your current league? What has the transition been like?

Kenny Hasbrouck: The game here in Spain(ACB) is different for me. I came here to play Point Guard but the team really needed a shooting guard so I’m playing that now and in this league it is tough to play it.

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4guysinblazers: How much do you stay in touch with the current team and the program?

Kenny Hasbrouck: I follow every Siena game and speak with the current and old players all the time. I will actually be living with one of them this summer, like I said we were and are still like family.

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4guysinblazers: What’s harder, being a professional basketball ball player or being a college student athlete?

Kenny Hasbrouck: Well to me being a Pro is a lot tougher. The reason I say this is because in college you have a sense of freedom! The only thing really being asked of you is to go to class, do your work, and have fun. It’s like you are protected from the selfishness needed to survive in the real world. Once you are professional, everything comes down to a business decision for you and for your employer.

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4guysinblazers: How is your game doing?

Kenny Hasbrouck My game is fine, not playing the position I want but I’m doing ok.

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4guysinblazers: What are your plans for the off season? And for next season?

Kenny Hasbrouck: The off season I will be working out trying to get back to the NBA but of course I will keep my options open.

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4guysinblazers: What was it like to find out they were retiring your number at Siena?

Kenny Hasbrouck: It was a surprise but I felt over whelmed with emotions! I can’t describe how happy I was when I first found out, but I was extremely grateful.

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4guysinblazers: Ryan Rossiter is projected by some as a sleeper second round pick or non drafted free agent. What are your thoughts and what advice do you have for him?

Kenny Hasbrouck: He deserves to be drafted and I hope he is. My advice for him will be said to him, sorry guys.

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4guysinblazers: Best part of your experience while with the Heat?

Kenny Hasbrouck: There are a lot of great parts with that experience. Playing with and against D Wade may have been the best part basketball wise because I love his game and he is in my top 2 of favorite players so that was amazing for me. Also the friendships built over that time period was great, I keep in contact with a few of the guys who I consider very good friends now.

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4guysinblazers: Have you ever heard of a more ridiculous name for a fan website than 4guysinblazers?

Kenny Hasbrouck: Haha no I haven’t heard a more ridiculous name than this one but it is kind of catchy!

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