MAHOPAC, N.Y. – Senior forward Adam Mitchell is a key returning player to the Mahopac boys basketball team this winter.
The boys basketball team has a new coach this season. How has the team adapted to Coach McMahon and his new system?
I feel like the team has adapted to Coach McMahon’s system very well.
Do you have any individual or team goals for the upcoming season?
My goal for this season is to play hard whenever I can and do what I can to win games for my team. For the whole team, I know making the playoffs is something we want to accomplish, as well as beating Carmel (Jan. 11 and Jan. 18). That is a game me and the boys have had circled since the beginning of our season.
How old were you when you started playing basketball and what got you started?
I started playing basketball in the sixth grade. What got me started was seeing Carmelo Anthony lead the Knicks to a comeback win against the Bulls; watching the crowd’s reactions to Melo hitting those shots had me hooked.
What is your favorite team activity or pregame or postgame ritual that you share with your teammates? What about a personal pregame or postgame ritual?
As a team, we all partake in a group huddle in the locker room usually with someone hyping us all up. Before this I usually say a quick prayer before the game for my teammates and myself.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
The biggest role model throughout my years has been my grandfather. He has taught me that if you work hard at something you want, you can achieve anything.
Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?
First thing in the morning before school, I usually put on jazz music and do yoga for about 45 minutes.
Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what are you planning on studying and why?
I want to end up studying business in college, because I have always wanted to be my own boss and own my own business.
What is your favorite sports team (pro or college)?
I am a New York Knicks fan (sad to say). For college, I am a fan of West Virginia.
What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a game?
Before a basketball game, I like to listen to rap music. Some artists I like to listen to include 22Gz, Mar Sossa, Sheff G, Chief Keef, Lil Keed, and Lil Gotit.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
The ability to use the Force.
What is your favorite place to visit on vacation and why?
Sicily, because most of my family is Sicilian.
Favorite place to eat locally?
What’s the go-to app on your phone and why?
The go-to app on my phone at the moment is ESPN Fantasy because I am into fantasy football.
For a young athlete growing up in the Mahopac school district, what would you tell them about the experience of being part of the basketball team and why should they go out for the team?
The experience I have had for playing basketball at Mahopac was great. I learned how to become a leader and a role model toward younger kids. That being said, I would encourage people to take part in the basketball program that Mahopac has to offer.