Meet Roeland Schaftenaar
Feb. 4, 2010
Senior Roeland Schaftenaar had a breakout season his junior year, earning himself an honorable mention in the All Pac-10 Conference Selection. Hailing from the Netherlands, Roeland's competitive nature has helped push him to play a key role on the team for his final season at Oregon State.
How long have you been playing basketball?
'I've been playing since I was seven-years-old. I played on a club team since I was seven. It started getting more competitive when I was around 12-years-old. Back home in the Netherlands that's when selection teams start practicing and playing.'
What has kept you playing for so long?
'I really just like the competitiveness of it. I've played all my life and it's just that feeling that you want the ball in your hands. I can't describe it.'
What is your best memory of Oregon State basketball so far?
'Winning the CBI (College Basketball Invitational) tournament last year, as well as winning the USC game here, which was our first Pac-10 win last year.'
Why did you decide to come to Oregon State?
'I grew up in the Netherlands and I didn't have a lot of schools that saw me play. For me I was pretty much choosing between staying in Europe and playing there. I chose between going to Spain, and going to the United States. I like being able to study here as well as playing basketball. The great atmosphere during games here really drew me here as well.'
What do you miss about home?
'Family and friends. You kind of get a new life when you live here, but you still miss your family. People always ask me what's different, and it's really hard to explain. It's just little things in culture that are different; it's kind of hard to point them out, but you notice little things when you're in another country.'
What is your major and what do you hope to do with it?
'My major is business management. I'm not sure what I want to do with it yet. I want to continue on with basketball. I'd like to play for a while after this, and then maybe coach. I wouldn't mind coaching a lower level team.'
Describe your perfect day.
'Being able to sleep in a little bit, because we practice really early. Probably go have a nice breakfast at Sharon's [Café]. Then a shoot-around: not practice, just a shoot-around. I like to play basketball but practice can get tiring sometimes. Then I'd just watch a movie with friends.'
Do you have any hidden talents?
'I can read four languages, and I might learn a fifth one this spring.'
What is your favorite thing to do in Corvallis?
'You can't do much here, but I like going to Sharon's [Café].'
What is your favorite class you've taken so far at Oregon State?
'I liked bowling; that was a lot of fun. I took two bowling classes here and I'm still pretty average. I can do a high 100 then go back to 90, so it's not really a talent of mine. I took an entrepreneurship class that I really liked. I'm in a class right now that we're playing this game like we're a business. We have to make decisions for our decision. We're competing against eight other groups in the class. I've spent a decent amount of time working on it. It gets competitive, which I like. I like being able to measure myself against other people and try to do better than others.'