Lakeland senior Nick Jarosz is a team captain and forward on the varsity boys basketball team. He also was a key lineman on the varsity football team and was named all-section.
How old were you when you first started playing basketball and how did you get started?
I started playing basketball probably around 8 years old for the Shrub Oak Rec league.
What do you think are your strengths as a basketball player?
My strengths on the basketball court would probably be my physicality and size down low. It allows me to fight for boards and frustrate opposing players defensively.
What are your goals for the rest of your senior season, both for the team and individually?
My goals for the season are obviously to make it as far into the playoffs as we can. Personally I’d like to see myself as more of an offensive threat and to score more frequently.
As a senior, how do you see your role on the team, and how much do you value being a team leader?
As a senior and co-captain of the team I see my primary role as being a big rebounder and defender, but I’ll contribute offensively as much as I can. I think it’s important to lead by example.
What is your favorite team activity, pre-game or post-game ritual that you share with your teammates?
My favorite ritual would definitely be blasting music in the locker room before a game. It never fails to get me and my team pumped.
You also were a successful football player, do you think football has helped you at all on the basketball court?
Football has definitely helped with my footwork and physicality down low.
Do you like football or basketball more?
I think I like football more. Nothing is like a Friday night under the lights.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
One person who I’ve looked up to is my sister Tori. She currently plays basketball at Marist, and has taught me hard work does pay off.
Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?
One weird thing most people don’t know about me is that I can ride a unicycle.
Do you plan on continuing to play basketball in college? If yes, where are you going and why did you decide on that college?
I do not wish to continue basketball in college. Instead, I intend to play football. Currently I am undecided as to where I’ll end up playing.
Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what and why?
I have no idea what I will be studying in college.
Who is your favorite professional athlete and pro or college sports team?
My favorite professional athlete is J.J. Watt. I also am a big Knicks fan.
What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a game?
“She Knows” by J. Cole.
If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?
I would easily choose to fly.
If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?
One place I’d like to visit for vacation would be Colorado. I’ve always wanted to go skiing in the mountains there.
What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?
My favorite pregame meal is the Awesome Ash from Lakeland Deli.
Best place to eat in Shrub Oak and why?
One of the best places to eat in Shrub Oak is JV Hot Bagels II. You can’t go wrong with anything from there.
What advice would you give to a young basketball player growing up in Shrub Oak?
Some advice I’d give would be to believe in yourself and work your butt off.