Name: Jeff Van Dyke
Position: Shooting Guard
Hometown: San Diego, Calif.
How has the adjustment to college basketball been? I really like the team and coaches. Playing basketball in college is on a whole new level both physically and mentally. The practices are harder and longer, and the game is more complex. Overall, college basketball demands a lot both physically and mentally, and the games will be a lot bigger deal, and definitely a lot different from high school games.
How has the transition academically been? It's been hard not having my parents here to keep tabs on me and make sure that I'm staying on top of everything. I really have to become my own person and be an individual. I have a lot of schoolwork, so keeping up with that, as well as not having a set schedule is difficult. It's not like high school where you had the same day five days a week from eight to three; some days you I have early classes, some days I have later classes. Everything about school is different, and the tests are a lot harder as well.
What are you most excited about this season? I am really excited for conference play. I think we are in a great conference with a lot of talented teams, and I am especially looking forward to the bigger games we play against Gonzaga and BYU.
What is your favorite part about the team? The camaraderie, and everyone on the team is really cool, and we have a great overall team dynamic both on and off the court.
Favorite NBA team: Golden State Warriors. I like Stephen Curry.
Favorite movie: Rush Hour 2. Chris Tucker is hilarious.
Quote to live by: "Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny."