The Sonoma State University men’s basketball team’s season is in now full swing. Led by a group of six seniors, the team is looking to make a comeback in their 2015-2016 season from their previous unsuccessful years.
One of those seniors that can be found on the court for the Seawolves is Andy Mitchell, a 6-foot-3 guard from Hayward.
After eight games, Mitchell currently holds a .352 field goal percentage and leads his team with 40 rebounds.
Also, his 63 points this season accounts for over 11 percent of the Seawolves’ total points.
Mitchell put on the Sonoma State uniform for the first time last fall after transferring from Ohlone Junior College in Fremont. He quickly found a home wearing number two for the Seawolves.
He was brought to Sonoma State after being recruited by the Seawolf coaching staff. Mitchell says that coaches Pat Fuscaldo and Rich Shayewitz were the ultimate reason why he chose to play in Rohnert Park.
“Coach Fuscaldo and Coach Rich really create an environment where players feel safe,” said Mitchell. “I felt more confident playing here than anywhere else.”
Some say that confidence is a critical component of any sport and keeping that mentality is what Mitchell finds most difficult about the game of basketball, he says.
“Sometimes you’ll have a bad game or a bad play in the game. You can focus on it or find a way to get past it,” said Mitchell. “You have to figure out ways when you’re not playing well how to play better or how to attack a situation.”
However, Mitchell says that whenever those difficult times do arise, he is able to rely not only on his coaches to help him, but also his teammates.
“My teammates are great,” said Mitchell. “There is not a single guy that I do not love on the team.”
The chemistry between the Sonoma players is something that can’t go unnoticed by fans due to the constant cheering and laughter that stems from the Seawolf bench during a game. But, Mitchell says that he enjoys hanging out with his teammates off the court as well.
For instance, one his favorite activities to play with his teammates, he said, is milk carton golf—a game that was created by past and current teammates.
“I can’t even tell you all of the dumb things we do to have fun,” he admitted.
As for basketball, Mitchell’s ultimate goal for his senior season is to make it to the postseason, which means the Seawolves will have to finish in the top six of their conference.
After that, Mitchell says his next objective is to win the conference tournament and make it to playoffs.
“I would like to senior year go out with a bang,” said Mitchell. “Let’s get there, let’s win it and do the best we can.”
Mitchell and the Seawolves will look to get their first conference win of the season as they hit the road to take on the Humboldt State Lumberjacks on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
For the rules and instructions regarding milk carton golf, contact Andy Mitchell or the players of the Sonoma State men’s basketball team.