Lakeland senior Nick Fazio is a 6-foot-8 center on the varsity boys basketball team and is also a team captain.
How old were you when you first started playing basketball and how did you get started?
I have been playing basketball since I could remember, but for an exact year I think it was around three. I started playing because of my brothers.
What do you think are your strengths as a basketball player?
My strengths as a basketball player are my ability to see the court and my inside presence.
What are your goals as a team this year? Do you have any individual goals?
Our goals as a team are to win and to improve every day. My goals are to improve my skills as well as win.
Has it been a difficult transition with new coach Steve Fallo taking over? What is he like as a coach?
No, it wasn’t a hard transition because he was the assistant coach last year so it is not that much of a change to me. He puts time and effort into everything and does the best that he can.
As a senior captain, what do you bring to the table as a leader?
I try to lead by example and motivate everyone to give 110 percent.
Who are a few players on the team that you think will impress some people with their play this season?
I think my fellow captains Eric Pombo, Trevor McCarthy, and Nick Jarosz will impress some people with their play. The three of them have potential to be great this season.
What is your favorite team activity, pre-game or post-game ritual that you share with your teammates?
My favorite team activity is when we hang out or get food. It’s good team bonding. As for pre-game rituals I have a huge speaker in the locker room that we play our team song on that gets everyone excited.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
I can’t say who my biggest is, but for basketball it is my brother Christopher. He used to play at Lakeland. I grew up watching him and some of my older brothers playing and I wanted to be able to play like they could, which will always be my biggest motivator.
Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?
I have a big family. I am the youngest of eight. I have five brothers and two sisters, and they all are extremely competitive.
Do you plan on continuing to play basketball in college? If yes, where are you going and why did you decide on that college?
Yes, I plan on going to SUNY Oswego because it is one of the best SUNY schools. I also feel I connected well with the coach.
Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what and why?
I’m not 100 percent sure but I’m leaning toward business management. I think I would like doing that kind of work, but things could change in the next couple of years.
Who is your favorite professional athlete and pro or college sports team?
My favorite professional athlete is Anthony Davis because I can relate to how he plays the game. My favorite pro team is the Knicks and my favorite college team is Syracuse.
What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a game?
If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?
The ability to read minds is what I would pick because I hate wondering what other people are thinking.
If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?
Bora Bora because it looks amazing there.
What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?
Best place to eat in Shrub Oak and why?
My favorite place to eat is JV Hot Bagels II because they make great breakfast.
Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? Why?
Instagram, no reason in particular.