The 1,000-Points Club
Earlier this year, Nefi Perdomo became the 12th Gator in University history to score 1,000 points for SF state. We caught up with the senior guard at the start of the 2012-13 basketball season.
What’s your major?
Criminal Justice studies. Growing up in Oakland, I saw a lot of crime and saw bad things happen. I picked this major because I want to help people.
What’s it been like working with Coach Trevor and his staff?
They help our teams with more than just basketball. They notice if something’s wrong and they ask you to talk, to let it out.
My sophomore year when we hosted the First round of the CCAA [California Collegiate Athletic Association] tournament. It was a first for the men’s basketball team.
Who inspires you?
My mom inspires me. Growing up it was just her and her kids. She found a way to give us anything we needed. Because of her, I know there’s nothing I can’t do if I keep working hard.
How do you prepare for a game?
I listen to R&B, do some stretching. Then it’s lights on, time to perform. Nothing else matters. The game is my only focus.
What is the most difficult thing that you have mastered in your life so far?
Going to college and not getting sucked into the streets.
How have you changed since your freshman year?
I was kind of a shy person. I wouldn’t even say hi to people. Being on the team has helped me become really outspoken, ready to talk to anybody.
What person or people would you most like to meet?
Will smith and Ray Lewis because they are inspirational men who continue to work hard even though they have everything. And they give advice to youth going through hardships.
How’s school spirit for athletics?
There are people on this campus who don’t even know we have a basketball team. We need to get more people in the stands.
Are you looking forward to graduating next year?
It will mean a lot to me and my family. It’s a big accomplishment to be the first one in the family to earn a degree. My mom will be very proud of me.
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