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Basketball Is Family Tradition For Waleskowski

Feb. 18, 2005

Senior forward Adam Waleskowski isn’t sure if he ever graced the basketball gyms while in diapers.

But it wouldn’t be too farfetched to suggest as much. Waleskowski and his older brother, Keith, grew up in the midst of basketball from a young age. Their parents, Peter and Christine, wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t playing basketball,” said Waleskowski, a senior on the Florida State basketball team. “Even though my brother was older than me, I played on his teams in grade school because I have always been tall. My dad was our coach and so he and my brother have always been my biggest basketball inspirations.”

According to Waleskowski, far too many times people focus on the performance on the court and forget that a lot of emotional factors play into an athlete’s success. He is the first to admit that without a certain group of people, his career at Florida State would have been a much different experience.

“My parents drive down from Ohio on weekend’s that we have home games and they often make games on the road, too,” he said. “My family leaves at 5:00 a.m. on Friday and they get here Friday night. Because we have team dinner and other game activities scheduled, I hardly ever have time to sit down and visit with them. However, just knowing that they are in the stands and that they make an effort to see me play means more than anything to me.

“My other big support comes from my girlfriend Daniela Gheorghe. She played tennis at FSU, so she understands what it’s like be a collegiate athlete and all the pressure that surrounds the game. Daniela is great because always knows what to say after a game. If I had a bad performance, she will wait awhile before mentioning anything and then she’ll offer constructive criticism once I’ve gotten over the situation. On the flip side, she’s very positive and is the first to say she’s proud of the way I’ve played. She’s a great supporter.”

Daniela, who is originally from Romania, believes there is a lot more to Waleskowski than what people see on the court.

“Adam has a great heart,” she said. “He’s extremely team oriented and very sociable. He’s just an overall good person and a great leader. I’m sad that this is his last year to play at Florida State, as he has really enjoyed his time here. However, I think he’s ready to face new challenges in life once his time as a Seminole is over.”

Waleskowski has dreams of perhaps playing in the NBA or overseas, as his brother Keith does. Keith, who was a former standout at Dayton, plays for a Spanish team in the Eurobasket league.

“I believe I have a lot of basketball left in me, so of course I want to continue on and play professionally,” commented Waleskowski. “However, I feel like I still have a lot to accomplish at Florida State so all my goals are focused on doing what’s best for my team right now. There will be plenty of time to worry about individual goals once the season is over. For now, my mind is fully set on Florida State”

Waleskowski and teammate Alexander Johnson lead the team with 4.7 rebounds per game this season. Adam is averaging 8.6 ppg., and has the highest 3-point percentage on the team right now, making over 45 percentage of his treys.

“Sure, there are a lot of things I’d like to improve on out on the court, but that’s not the most important thing to me. Once I leave Florida State, I want my teammates and coaches to remember me as someone that always put forth effort and always gave my best. I want my legacy to be team-oriented and never self-seeking. I have enjoyed my time as a Seminole and I hope to carry on what my family and coaches have taught me during the next chapter of my life.”

By Tamara Metcalfe
Assistant Director of Sports Information
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