Men's Hoops Ready For Thanksgiving

Nov. 23, 2008

STANFORD, Calif.- With Thanksgiving right around the corner, recently checked in with some of the student-athletes, coaches and support staff of the men's basketball team as they shared some of their traditions, memories and plans for the holiday:

Landry Fields, junior guard/forward

  • 'Growing up I had two Thanksgivings, with my mom and my dad. At my dad's house, we've got the macaroni and cheese and of course, the turkey. That's really all I eat. At my mom's house, it's kind of the same thing- just a double-dose of everything. It's really just a fun time with family. A lot of the cousins come out, aunts, uncles, grandparents.'

    Lawrence Hill, senior forward

  • 'With basketball going on for me and my brother always out with friends and band, we never really had too many opportunities for organized dinners and things. So Thanksgiving gave us an opportunity to share a family moment and have dinner together. Those are the type of things we talk about now being away from home.'

    Jack Trotter, freshman forward

  • 'The six of us, our close family, would basically just get together and eat dinner. Turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing: your usual Thanksgiving meal. Afterwards, we would always talk about what we were thankful for during the previous year.'

    Will Paul, sophomore center

  • 'We would have some close family friends that came over every Thanksgiving. You've got your turkey, stuffing, yams and cranberry sauce. Since I've been here at college, it's been a little different so I've gone to a couple of friends' houses for Thanksgiving. This year, my mom, dad and sister are actually coming here for Thanksgiving. Pretty much just watch football all day and relax.'

    Jarrett Mann, freshman guard

  • 'Our family would usually drive down to North Carolina for Thanksgiving with my grandparents. Make a trip out of it and stay there for three days or so. Eat dinner there, watch football and just hang out. It's nice to see a lot of people you haven't been around for a long time. We've got turkey, collared greens, mashed potatoes, candied yams and apple pie.'

    Anthony Goods, senior guard

  • 'We would go to my grandmother's house and eat dinner. Then you've got the turkey, ham, all the stuffing. It's a big family day and we usually play games. My mom makes everyone play this Family Fued-type game or something. I usually don't play though. Last couple years, we've been having practice so I usually sleep through all the NFL games after practice is done. Then I show up at my uncle's house and we eat over there- that's my college Thanksgiving.'

    Preston Greene, strength and conditioning coach

  • 'Thanksgiving for me is straight meat, straight protein. Turkey, ham, chicken, fish, steak: the protein combination. No starches or carbs. I start looking around the area for meat sales and I'm there. I'm geared up for this holiday. Basically, I just watch football and eat protein.'
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