William Upchurch ‘21
Rana Myneni ’21 and the Big Red boys’ varsity basketball team are keeping the competitive spirit alive despite being miles apart.
William Upchurch: How has the basketball program impacted your time at Lawrenceville?
Rana Myneni: I’d say the number one thing it did for me was help me make a ton of friends who I might not have known otherwise, so there’s definitely a lot of camaraderie there. Besides that, it’s given me an opportunity to compete for Lawrenceville, which always adds some school spirit in competition.
WU: What steps has the basketball team taken to maintain the feeling of a season during this virtual winter term?
RM: We’re still meeting twice a week to at least stay in the basketball mindset. It’s a lot of strategy and analysis, since we obviously can’t do any skill work or live play over Zoom, but it’s still good to at least keep our basketball IQ up.
WU: What steps are you taking to stay in shape during this term?
RM: I have a lot of time on my hands, so I’m trying to lift every day and work out as much as I can. It also helps to have a twin brother who I can play one-on-one with to try not to get rusty over the break, but sometimes it’s kind of tough to play basketball when it’s 30 degrees out.
WU: What is the thing you will miss most about not having a senior basketball season?
RM: Definitely just playing in games. It’s pretty simple but it’s really the best part about any sport. It also comes with bus rides and long trips but there’s nothing better than the adrenaline you feel when you’re playing Hill or Blair.
WU: If you could play in a game against any team in the country, who would it be and why?
RM: I went to Rutgers Prep [Somerset, N.J.] before coming to Lawrenceville, and they have a really good basketball program so I’d love to go back and play against some of my friends and old teammates. Besides them, I’d love to play against some of the powerhouses like Oak Hill or Monteverde, even though it wouldn’t be too competitive.
WU: If you could meet one NBA player, who would it be and why?
RM: I think the obvious answer is Lebron [James], but one player who I’d really like to meet is Kyrie Irving. He’s so shifty and so creative that I’m sure I could learn a lot from him in terms of how he sees the game, but I also kind of want to figure out what’s going on in his head and why he acts so erratic.
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