What kind of music do you listen to? What about during training?
I don’t have a favorite necessarily, but I can listen to Nirvana any time of the day. They get the nod here.
We don’t do a lot of music during training. If I had to choose I would say any ’90s or early 2000s rap. I don’t like the new EDM craze.
What is the last concert you went to?
Alt-J and Florence and the Machine on back to back nights at the Hollywood Bowl – both epic in their own right!
What is your favorite thing to watch on TV?
Family Guy, Modern Family and Friends. I like a lot of different TV, but if any of those three are on at the moment, then there is no need to change the channel.
What are your secret talents?
I’m an excellent chef. I Ike to think I can juggle but I’m average at best. I am a world class singer/rapper. (I’m actually terrible but that will never stop me from doing it.)
Do you collect anything?
Still have my Pokemon collection. My brother and I have an impressive collection of baseball cards. My best friend from college and I buy a deck of cards from every place we go and exchange them when we have a chance to get together.
What does your perfect day consist of?
Sleep in a little bit. Have a nice cup of coffee with a delicious breakfast. If the weather is nice spend a little time at the beach or by the pool in my backyard. If not maybe go to a movie if something worth seeing is out. A nice game of pick up basketball is always fun with some friends. And finish it up with a dinner made at home with the family.
Where has been your favorite place to travel to?
I love traveling. I’ve been fortunate enough to see a lot of the world at a young age. The Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame in Paris are high on my list. The Sistine Chapel is absolutely insane. One of my favorite sights in the world is the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.
What are some of your hobbies when you get time to do them?
I like to golf and surf when I have the time. I golf with my friends from high school and surf with my friends from college. It’s a nice way to spend quality time with quality friends. I just recently picked up my camera because I’m traveling so much which has been fun. I’ve always liked to bake because of my grandma and I’ve learned to cook through my travels and it’s so fun to do. Very rewarding to eat what you’ve cooked. And singing and dancing, just for fun.
How would you describe your personal style?
My personal style is “up to date.” My girlfriend is extremely fashionable and my brother and father work in fashion.
I’m not so good at making my own style but the best employ the best! Right now basics are super important to me. High quality materials in plain colors.
If I’m going out, I’ll wear a quality pair of raw denim jeans, a plain cotton T-shirt and Converse high tops.
Do you have any superstitions or lucky charms?
I never wear a new Speedo for a game. My Speedo has to be tested in training. I used to be very superstitious. But then I realized superstition messes with the mental approach which is everything in our sport.
I try and keep my warm up routine the same. The one ritual is an “I love you” text to my girlfriend right before it all begins. Then, I turn it off before she can respond. There’s nothing like getting out of a game with an “I love you” message from a loved one no matter the result.