Timeout with…. Dan Trist ‘15

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Adam Nussbaum

Senior center Dan Trist posts up under the basket for an easy bucket.

Photo Courtesy of lehighvalleysports.com

Adam Nussbaum: You scored your 1,000th point for Lafayette against Yale last Wednesday. How does it feel to have accomplished such a big feat?

Dan Trist: It feels really good. It’s a huge milestone that I’ve been dreaming about for forever. It’s bittersweet because it came in a bit of a disappointing loss, but we’ve had a great start to the season and I hope we can continue our success.

AN: What are some of the team’s goals for the rest of the season?

DT: Get 20 wins. We have a pretty experienced team this year so it isn’t as much of a learning process, but rather one where we can show our chemistry and put the pieces together.

AN: Is there anything in particular that you didn’t accomplish last season that you’re aiming for this season?

DT: We want to have multiple home playoff games and finish in the top two in the conference. It’ll be helpful to stay in the familiar environment on our home court like when we had Tony two years ago. Of course, we want to win the Patriot League, too.

AN: How different is it to play in the US rather than Australia?

DT: It’s a different game. The international game is a little slower in terms of athleticism and physical speed and there are additional physical and rule differences. It’s more of a half-court style game.

AN: Who has been the most influential person throughout your basketball career?

DT: I can’t really pick one; I’ve had a lot of great coaches over the years. Damian Cotter was my National Team coach. He helped me develop pride for my country and passion for the game while playing at the next level and improving technical aspects. Most importantly he helped me get over here to play in America. I probably wouldn’t be here without him. Coach O’Hanlan has been great, too, boosting my fundamentals and making me into the player I am today.

AN: Who on the team deserves a shout-out for their performance thus far?

DT: Zach Rufer. He’s a guy that hasn’t seen too many minutes over his first two years but he’s developing into a smart, aggressive, and energetic player with whatever minutes he gets. He makes his presence known once he gets on the court, and fills a huge role once he gets off the bench. He gives us a spark and keeps the intensity high throughout the game.

AN: Did you play over the summer?

DT: Yeah I played pick-up around the Lehigh Valley area with some local kids and worked out with Nick Lindner and Monty Boykins.

AN: What’s your favorite vacation spot?

DT: Lord Howe Island, Australia.

AN: Do you have any pregame rituals?

DT: Nope, I just listen to music.

AN: Favorite animal?

DT: Kangaroo.

AN: Favorite home-cooked meal?

DT: Roast lamb.

AN: If you could meet one celebrity, who would it be?

DT: Will Ferrell.

AN: What don’t people know about you?

DT: I have a twin brother.
He’s 6’2”.