Just as quickly as it arrived, Summer 2005 is
rapidly fading into what should be yet another exciting school year
in Huskie Country. NIUHuskies.com had a chance to catch up with sophomore
guard Zach Pancratz to find out about his summer in DeKalb.
Q: Did you have a chance for a vacation or weekend get-a-way
A: I did get a chance to go up to my friends cabin during
the Fourth of July weekend. We jet-skied and water-skied. It was
a good time.
Q: Outside of basketball and class, what are some of your favorite
A: Its just a lot of fun hanging out with the team,
regardless of what we do. We did just get a pool at my house, so
I will go over there with some friends and go swimming whenever
I get a chance.
Q: Summer is traditionally a terrific time for catching a movie
and this summer wasnt void of its blockbusters. Have you seen
a movie this summer or are there any you would like to see?
A: I havent seen a movie yet. I guess the last movie
I saw was Coach Carter. I have heard some great things about Cinderella
Man. I would like to go see that.
Q: How is summer school going?
A: Its going pretty well. Its great to get some
classes out of the way during the summer. The main part of summer
school for me is being in town, working out with my teammates. Youve
got to take full advantage of this opportunity and our guys are.
Q: Entering the off-season, what did you feel like you needed
to improve upon before the start of the 2005-06 season? And what
have you done to improve in that area?
A: Ive focused on becoming a more complete player. Last
season, I was more of a standstill shooter, which I have never been
before. I have come to the gym as much as possible to work on my
ball-handling to help me take the ball to the hoop. I have also
been playing as much pick-up basketball as possible.
Q: Chances are your family is going to read this or at least
hear about it, so outside of money, what do they need to send you?
A: Send me some food. I am eating too much fast food and I
am tired of it. I could go for a big steak with some mashed potatoes
on the side. Theres nothing better than a home-cooked meal.
Q: Obviously the team is getting plenty of court time during
open gyms and workouts, who is standing out in your mind thus far?
A: Id say Ryan Paradise. People tend to forget about
Ryan since he was hurt last year, but hes impressed me. I
knew what kind of a player he was coming in. He dropped 30 points
on us in high school, but hes worked hard during workouts
and in open-gyms and hes starting to come on and get his feel