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Mike Speranza

Name: Mike Speranza

Where are you from? Foxborough mass, born in Camden, nj

How old are you? 30 on dec 30 2006 its my golden one so I trying to make it memorable

When did you start playing the game? 5th grade in upstate new York Galway to be specific

What made you interested in playing basketball? In my first practice I got to wear my new jordons low tops with the black grey leopard print and was doing a dribbling drill and crossed over and something about the quick change of direction got me

Do you remember your first organized basketball game? Yes Saratoga springs 7th grade I was in 6 made the team and didn’t play till the end that feeling has stuck with me forever and enable me to work hard day in and out

How did you play and how did it make you feel? Aswer above

When did you begin to take basketball seriously and why? When I played ball at the ymca in downtown Saratoga on Tuesday adult nights and watched the likes of tim parker and jimmy parker and pete philo and scottt cherry all played bigtime d 1 and was the first young kid to get picked up and this was serious for me

Does your family support you playing basketball? yes

What influenced you to play basketball? My bad attitude cost me a lot of opportunities as I wasn’t going to let and emotional weakness stop me and everyone saying I was to small and not good enough to play

What is your favorite aspect of playing basketball? Accepting and adapting to the mistakes and changes of momentum

What is your motivation to play? To show people that no matter what if you stick with something and are passionate about it and stay true to yourself and have a honest and hopeful heart you can motivate yourself and others to do anything

What are your habits before a game? I listen to music and seem to yawn a lot and I also shoot deep jumpers to get loose

What is your favorite hobby? Texas hold’em

Do play other sports competitively, which sports? Yes I run road races for special causes and benefits

What is your favorite food to eat before and after games? The jared harding special cooked tuna and pasta and

What is your favorite pre-game music? Wu tang and those hard rza beats

Do you have any religious background and basketball? Basketball is sort of a religion you pray for it and hope for the best

How often do you workout? Any where from 4-6 days a week

Do you have a partner or on your own? it varies

Have you gotten seriously injured? Yes I have had reconstructive nose surgery and jaw surgery

What are your strong points in basketball? Intangibles finding what the game needs and instilling it to help my team win

Do you consider yourself healthy and why? At times it depends on my level of inner peace and I strive for this everyday

Favorites

Your favorite basketball gear brand? I wear it all but I would say reebok because of the respect I have for A.I.

What size shoe do you wear? Between 10-11 depending on brand

Life

Do you have many friends who don’t play basketball? yes

What is life outside of basketball for you? i got to hip hop shows when i can chill with my girl and dog and play hold em

Do you get a lot of attention because you play basketball? Sometimes yes and most times no

What are your plans after your basketball career is over? To work with peole on helping them realize their potential inside and how to affectively put it in use in life

Is basketball your life? Part of it I a have learned a lot from the game and have used it to help me I life but it is only a game

Where has basketball taken you? almost all over the world and to some of my biggest doubts and fears to some of my great acheivements

Have you traveled a lot through basketball? If so, where have you been and which are your favorite places? I have been all over the states and loved salt lake city, Minneapolis, tempe, az and of course boston and new york where it all started I have been to Ireland, London germany I loved Dortmund, I have been to luxemborg and italy which was probably my favorite white sands clear water and a classy laid back lifestyle and I am new to Copenhagen but it seems great

Do you have children? no

Have you made mistakes in your life that has affected your career? If you would like to go into detail please explain

Yes making some bad personal choices has cost me some opportunities and my attitude and outspoken ideas at wrong times has cost me certain things but I truly believe that everything happened for and I didn’t let it stop me I try to learn from my mistakes and turn them into strengths for future situations and by learning and perceiving I am still playing professionally in my 30’s

What is your basketball standing now? Do you play — High school, college, professional, semi pro or retired? Professionally in denmark

What are your personal goals as a player? To maximize my potential

What are your basketball dreams? I am living it playing as a profession and after scouting talent to help them showcase their gifts

Are you happy with your basketball game? No never

Have you received many accolades and honors through basketball? Yes but I won’t lie I always seem to find a way to ruin them so I need to step up and be a better pro on and off the floor because I believe a true pro does exactly that

E-mail: speranzamike30@hotmail.com

Height: 178cm / 5’10”

Position: Guard

Born: 1976

Team: West Herts (United Kingdom) (2006-07)

Nationality: USA-Italian

College: Purdue N.Central

Previous teams:

Dortmund (Germany)

Ascoli (Italy)

Westaro (Ireland)

Career / Comments:

Born: Dec.30, 1976

Full name: Michael Thomas Speranza

Outlook:

Left-handed pg/sg

Career:

1998-1999: Northland Pioneer JC: red shirt

1999-2000: Arizona St. (NCAA) practice team

2000-2001: Indiana Northwest (NAIA): 13 games: 6.2ppg, 4.3apg, 1.6spg, 39% FGP, 71% FT

2001-2002: Indiana Northwest (NAIA): 20 games: 10.1ppg, 5.6apg, 1.9spg, 38% FGP, 73% FT: hit buzzer beater against college rival

2002-2003: Purdue North Central (NCAA2): 23 games: 7.1ppg, 8.4apg, 3.1spg, 43% FGP, 77% FT: Led team all three years in assists and steals; captain and selected to invite only pro camps

2003: Atlanta Fire (SEBL): 7.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 3.3rpg, 1.7spg

2004: Utah Showcase: 7pts, 6ast, 2stls

2004: PONTIAC PRO-AM: 15pts 8asts 3stls

2004-2005: Westaro Castlebar (IRL-1st Division,1T): 12.4ppg, 8.2apg, 4.5rpg, 3.2spg, 39% FGP, 37% 3Pt, 87% FT

2005-2006: Ascoli (ITA-D): 8pts 9asts 5rbs 1stl lead team in minutes per game 37, assists, and steals: fg%41 ft%84

2006-2007: SVD 49 Dortmund (GER-2.Bundesliga,1T), in Sep.’06 moved to West Herts Warriors (ENG-EBL)