This week, our player spotlight is shining on small forward Arsenio Arrington. A Chicago, IL native and Aquinas basketball alum, Arrington is in his first season with the Grand Rapids Danger and was recently crowned Roberto’s Pizza player of the game for his performance against the Dubois Dream last week.
As the Danger now boast a 3-0 record, it is no secret it is due in part to Arrington's addition to the team. I got to talk with Arsenio to learn a little more about him and his experiences during his first semi-professional season.
Q: What is your area of study at Aquinas?
A: My major is sports management with a minor in business
Q: What would you like to do with that after school?
A: After basketball, I’d like to work for a professional sports team doing marketing or advertising. I want to stay within the sports field and use my sports management background.
Q: You mentioned “after basketball”, does that mean you have plans to pursue professional basketball after graduation?
A: Yes, I want to see how far I can take basketball. That's first on my list. I can see myself going overseas and playing internationally. I want to travel, so anywhere overseas is fine with me.
Q: How has the transition from college athlete to semi-professional athlete been? Any challenges?
A: The transition is a little easier because I don't have to juggle school as well, I just have to focus on basketball. It was more of a challenge transitioning from high school to college because I had to focus on school while practicing, doing homework at the hotel while playing away games...etc. Now I just get to focus on basketball.
Q: What made you want to pursue signing with the Danger?
A: I used to work at Nike at Tanger Outlets and I met Allen’s mom while I was working. She asked how tall I was and do I play basketball. She asked for my email and told me her son owns a basketball team and I should get in touch. I didn't know how serious it was, but I reached out to him anyway and I started talking to him. We found a time to meet and got to know each other and I realized this would be a good fit and help me with my goal of going overseas.
Q: Ok, a few background questions for you; first, when and why did you first start playing basketball?
A: I actually started playing in 7th grade, and before that, I played baseball. I liked baseball, but I was always watching and playing basketball. My Cousin was and still is my biggest inspiration playing basketball to this day. It was because of him that I started playing at my school, and here I am today.
Q: What has been your most memorable basketball moment?
Making the national tournament my junior year at Aquinas. We had to win 8 of our last 10 games and had to beat Davenport at the tournament to advance, who we hadn’t beat all season. We beat them at home to make the tournament. It’s the biggest game in my career so far.
Q: What has been your most embarrassing moment in basketball?
A: That was probably this year at Aquinas, losing our last game in the conference. We were playing at home and we had everything our favor. The team we were playing wasn't that great and we went in thinking we had it, but they gave us a fight and ended up beating us at home. We didn't make it past the first round when we were supposed to.
Q: Do you have a pre-game ritual or routine?
A: Yeah, usually I get something to eat, people laugh because I'll eat Wendy's before a game. Then I’ll Stretch by myself and listen to music. This has been my routine since sophomore or junior year of high school.
Q: Who is your favorite music artist/band?
Q: Who is your favorite athlete?
A: Michael Jordan
Q: What is your favorite sports team to follow?
A: Chicago Bulls. I have to stay loyal to my home team.
Q: Outside of basketball, what do you like to do? Do you have any hobbies?
A: I like to do anything that involves not being in the house. My friends and I will go bowling, or just be out trying new things. If we’re in the house we’ll play NBA 2k.
Q: What's something not a lot of people know about you?
A: I'm an only child.
Q: If you could have dinner with any three people, living or not, who would they be?
A: Martin Luther King, 2pac, and Kobe Bryant. I think that would be an interesting conversation.
Q: What have you enjoyed most so far playing for the Danger?
A: The chemistry with my teammates and coaches. Everyone was very welcoming, it felt like a right fit and everyone is invested in playing for each other and the team. Most of us have dreams of going on to play professionally, but we still play as a unit. We just have fun.
Q: What are your goals for this season playing for the Danger? Personally and as a team?
A: As a team, definitely getting to the final four at least, a major goal winning the championship. Personally, finding an agent by the end of the season and working out a deal where I can be playing overseas after the season ends.
Make sure to catch Arsenio and the rest of the team at their next home game on April 28th!