Continuing with our series, SpartanHoops is checking in with members of the San Jose State basketball team. Today, we visit with Chris Jones, a 6-foot-4 sophomore out of Newark Memorial High, just up I-880.
SH - What was your daily work out schedule like this summer?
CJ - During the summer, my day started with an early morning workout at 24 Hour Fitness. I would spend about an hour and a half working on shooting and dribbling. I would then take a lunch break and eat a good meal. That would be followed by an afternoon session of skill work. I would usually work on weights at night.
I also played in the San Francisco Pro Am this year and on the days we played I usually had an early morning light work out.
SH - Was there a specific trainer you worked out with this summer? If so, why did you choose him and what did you focus on?
CJ - I actually worked with more than one trainer over the summer.
Gus Armstead - I have been working out with him since my junior year in high school. I spent a week working on skill development and game development in controlled scrimmages with pros. I really enjoyed his workouts because the players pushed one another to et better. Coach Nessman wanted me to work on catch-and-shooting and on using my penetration to the basket. I used the scrimmages to develop that part of my game.
Phil Handy - I usually worked two to three times a day with Phil. The sessions focused on skills. We did a lot of station work combining dribbling and shooting. We had to work at game speed so it was good for conditioning too. Each session ended with a controlled scrimmage.
Willie Clark - Coach Clark spent individual time with me at least twice a week. He corrected my shot mechanics. We concentrated on shooting and dribbling
Mark McKelvy - Coach Mark knows my game very well because he was my AAU coach. He worked a lot on my off-the-dribble game.
SH - Although you are just entering your sophomore year, have you chosen a major as yet? If so, why did you chose it?
CJ - I am considering majoring in either Radio, Television & Video or African American Studies. I am taking classes this semester in each area and will probably decide after this semester.
SH - Any favorite class or instructor from your freshman year and why?
CJ - My Eco class was my favorite. The class helped me to better understand college life and how to set goals and make the most of my time here.
SH - What is the difference -- if any -- in high school academics versus college academics?
CJ - The academic support that I got from study hall, tutors and my coaches was very helpful. In high school , your day is full from the first period to the last. In college, you may have two classes one day, one the next, a day off and then two more classes. Our coaches really made sure that I was not taking time off. The time between classes and study hall helps to stay on top of my classes.
SH - You came into a brand new social setting at SJSU where you knew nobody except for some of the other guys on the basketball team. What does San Jose State do -- if anything -- for freshman in order to get them acquainted with other students and newcomers to the school?
CJ - The school had a freshmen orientation, social events and other activities that helped us to meet new people.
Thank you for taking the time to interview me. I am expecting our team to have a big year.
We thank Chris for the interview.