Interview with Kenny Hasbrouck

by Scott

Intro

In Kenny Hasbrouck’s four years at Siena, he averaged 14.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.9 steals per game. He finished fourth on Siena’s all-time scoring list with 1,917 points, and is the all-time leader in steals with 248. He also lead the Saints to back-to-back appearances in the NCAA tournament and as you will find out, nearly pulled off a huge upset against #1 ranked Louisville.

After it was all said and done, Hasbrouk’s career at Siena was unlike few others. He joins Billy Harrell as the only players to have their jerseys hang in the rafters and will go down as the most accomplished player the Saints history. Hasbrouck has since seen all that professional basketball has to give, spending time in the NBA, the D-League and Europe. He will spend this season in Italy with Virtus Pallacanestro Bologna and we have no doubt that he will be tearing it up again.

Interview

In your senior year, you were a part of the Siena team that nearly pulled off a huge upset in the second round of the NCAA tournament against #1 ranked Louisville. How would you describe that experience?

It’s hard to put in words how great of an experience that was for me and also all of my teammates. It was beyond an amazing experience I would have to say not only because I feel like we should have won that game but being able to do it with the great group of guys was had just made it the much more fun!

You’ve played for Meridiano Alicante and the EWE Baskets Oldenburg. Which country did you prefer – Spain or Germany?

I would have to say Spain. Spain is a beautiful country, they have great food, very nice people and last but not least a great league in the ACB!

What is the best thing about playing in Europe?

The best thing for me is I can control who I communicate with. I know it sounds bad but I see playing here as a vacation while still being able to do what I love.

You’ve received a lot of interest from NBA teams in the past. Is the dream to still play in the NBA?

My dream is still to play in the NBA. I don’t think that will ever change.

In 2010-2011, you performed very well in the Summer League and Pre-Season. How close did you come to making the Heat’s final roster?

I had a great chance that year after being with them the season before but they moved in a different direction with LeBron and Bosh coming in.

Coach Spoelstra said that you displayed a very strong work ethic during your time with the Heat. Who do you get that motivation from?

That’s a great question because I honestly don’t know exactly why I’m always so motivated but from what I’ve heard from my parents, I’ve always been like that. I do know my brothers helped the process when I was younger always beating me in basically everything and never letting me win even if that meant it came to blows (which it did about half the time).

How do you feel about the new flopping rule introduced in the NBA?

I love it! I honestly hate when people flop for two reasons: (1) I like to play tough defense so they always get the foul called and (2) I really don’t know how to flop, so I’m jealous at everyone who does when they get the calls!

Could you see the European basketball leagues catching up with the NBA?

The only comparison I can see to the NBA is the Euro League top 8. Those are the only teams that would have a legit chance to say their as good. So the answer is no to the question.

Who’s the best player you’ve ever played against?

D Wade is! He’s the one guy that made me question my ability on defense and spend a little extra time in the weight room.

What’s your number one song right now?

It’s Pop That by French Montana, Rick Ross, Drake, and Lil Wayne.

Do you have anything you want to say to your fans and our readers on Crabdribbles?

To all my fans thank you for the support, I’ll continue to play and be humble and I hope you all continue follow my progress!

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