Just got it handed to me in Candy Crush so I had to do something else!
Well I have to start this blog entry out with some bad news: my teammate Scott Thomas, from Ashleyville, Ohio, has to have surgery on his knee to get his I.T. band feeling better. The dude has been struggling with it all season, and it’s time to do something about it. He’s having surgery in two weeks and will hopefully be back in 12 weeks. He’ll be spending some quality time in the great state of Ohio as he rehabs, watching Thee Ohio State Buckeyes and going to Buffalo Wild Wings. It’s kind of a tough situation, but the club is being awesome and allowing him to take his time and come back when he is healthy.
I know it is always tough starting the season out when you’re injured. Trying to show what you can do with an injury is a frustrating thing, but Scott will be back in no time.
Basketball for me has been great. We are on top of the league right now at 5-1 and just had a great win in Aalst; Antwerp has only won twice there in the last five years. It’s a crazy atmosphere in there, and the game was close all the way through right up till the final buzzer. We are back at it tomorrow (Saturday Nov. 2) against a young Pepinster team that would want nothing more than to win on our home court. Our defense has been tough and winning us games. Everyone is really playing well; I don’t think I’ve ever been part of a team that honestly takes all 11 guys to win. Everybody has been filling their role, and we’ve been getting great wins.
My fiancé’s parents arrived today and are going to be staying for a week and a half. It is really nice to have someone from back home here and see how we’ve been living the past three months. They will get to see three games, including our first Euro Challenge game in Dijon, France this week. I think we will be making a day trip to Brugge on one of my free days; we’ve heard from multiple people they have the best chocolates in Belgium.
I can’t believe how hard it has been to keep up with sports back home. I just found out today that the NBA has started back up with regular season games. I’m more a college basketball watcher, and it will be very hard to catch games this year, but I will definitely be trying keep up with college and NBA. One thing that I have found funny here compared to the States is how many coaches and people college teams have on staff. At home, a normal coaching staff usually consists of about 6 assistant coaches and additional personnel. But here, you have a head coach and an assistant and that’s pretty much it. The number of trainers that most college teams have in the states is also well above what we have here. But our trainer, Marc, does a great job of keeping everybody healthy. It’s hard getting used to not having classes or any other responsibilities and obligations. It’s literally just basketball and taking care of your body. The free time is really nice and not having to worry about anything else is a lot different from college where you might have to cram for a test or having group meetings and homework late at night. I’ve realized you become a lot more conscience of how you treat your body when it is your job; from eating right to icing, I have noticed a huge difference in how I feel when I play.
Well that’s all I got for right now. Going to go play some 500 with the in-laws!!!
Clayton Vette is a former NABC Division 2 Player of the Year for Winona State Univeristy and is spending his rookie season banging down low for Antwerp in Belgium`s Ethias League. Follow along this season as the 6-foot-9, 245 lbs. center shares his experience “Balling in Belgium”.
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