SAIT Trojans guard Charlie Conner has big plans, and hoop dreams.
The first-year business bdministration student and Trojans point guard is doing his best to not let it get to his head by taking it one day at a time.
“There’s a little bit of pressure definitely,” said Conner said in an interview at the season got under way.
“I’m just trying to enjoy my time here as much as I can.”
Conner grew up in Seattle, Washington and started playing basketball when he was about five years old.
During Conner’s playing days in high school, he experienced how tough balancing academics and sports can be.
“It was definitely tough back then,” he said.
“I feel like if I can stay organized, then I’ll be fine.”
With basketball being such a big commitment, it can be hard for players to continue playing the sport.
For Conner, the motivation to keep playing came from people close to him and the love of the game.
“I got motivation from people who believe in me,” he said.
“I’m just supposed to be playing basketball. It’s my passion.”
Throughout his life, Connor was encouraged by his mom to earn a degree.
When he was offered a basketball scholarship at SAIT, he jumped at the chance.
“It was a great feeling. I saw the opportunity and I took it.”
When it comes to his plans after graduating, Conner’s future is unclear.
“I haven’t really thought that far ahead honestly,” he said.
“I want to get a job and play overseas somewhere.”
According to Conner, the ideal way for him to further his basketball career after SAIT would be to attend another school that would allow him to play ball.
“The best way would be to hoop here for a couple years and then go to a CIS school.
“I just got to keep working.”
A number of athletes coach once they’re playing days are over.
For Conner, the question of whether he would consider a coaching job is too far down the road.
“As of right now, I have no idea.
“I’m way too young to think about it, but right now definitely not.”
Conner is in the first year of the Business Administration program, meaning that he will have three more years left.
The thought of time running out in Conner’s tenure at SAIT isn’t taking its toll on him just yet.
“It doesn’t affect me too much right now because I know I got time,” said Conner.
“Two years from now, I’ll have to be on my grind though.”
So far, Conner’s favourite part about being a Trojan is the teammates that he has met and grown close to.
“You grow a bond with them, it’s funny how close you become with them,” he said.
“There some of my best friends.”
With all the stress that comes when thinking about the future, Conner is a good example of how players try their best to focus on what’s going on at the moment.