EDITOR'S NOTE: Cal Poly men's basketball players write an original piece for each game-day program on which they're featured on the cover. Senior guard Marcellus Garrick is the featured Mustang for the program's Thursday, March 7 matchup versus UC Irvine. Game time is 7 p.m. inside Mott Athletics Center.
Thank You for the Opportunity
For my last program piece, I want to talk about how much my time at Cal Poly has meant to me, the relationships I've gained and developed and my plans after college.
First, I'd like to tell you about my background and what being here now has meant. As a kid, basketball was the least of my worries. I didn't even play organized sports until I was in 11th grade. If someone would have told me I'd be attending and playing basketball at Cal Poly, I would've given them the "are you crazy" look.
I ended up going the junior college route and at JC, I learned much more about life than basketball. I found that in life, there are only two things you can control and those are attitude and effort. Adversity hits everyone at some point and how you react determines your character. I'm truly blessed to have shared the court with every single one of my brothers these last two years. All the memories – both good and bad – will stay with me until the end of my time.
I'm beyond grateful that our coaching staff gave me an opportunity to not only continue playing college basketball, but to get a top-tier education at the same time. Did I mention, for free, as well? They saw something in me a lot of other schools didn't and I can't thank them enough.
As for my future, that, of course, depends on if I want to keep playing basketball because it's been a dream of mine since I started competing. But if it isn't in God's will for me to play then I want people to understand that it's been a dream come true for me to at least have played at Cal Poly and I won't forget the memories I've made here.
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