The Lynchburg College athletic department each week showcases a question and answer feature with our Hornet of the Week. The thirteenth student-athlete selected this year is men's basketball junior Manny Hernandez.
Hernandez helped the Hornets to two wins this past weekend in the Dick Leftwich V-Foundation Classic, held at Roanoke College. In the 80-64 win over Goucher College, he scored 13 points and added three steals and three rebounds. In the 110-90 victory over Johnson & Wales (RI) University, the wing scored a career-high 27 points, and grabbed six rebounds for the cause.
Why did you choose Lynchburg College?
I choose Lynchburg because when I first visited I really liked the campus and the friendly atmosphere. Also, Coach Scott played a huge role in me wanting to come here as well because I really liked what he was trying to do with the program and his desire to make Lynchburg basketball a championship program.
How do you think being a student-athlete has affected you personally?
It has affected me because as a student athlete you have more responsibility. When I first got here I did not realize what that concept truly meant but after being here for a few years I'm understanding what it means to be a student-athlete and it has helped me grow and mature.
What is your favorite moment thus far as a Hornet?
My favorite moment thus far is probably last year when I had my first 20 point game in college against Marymount.
What do you like most about LC men's basketball?
I like how close our team is. Lynchburg is pretty far from New York and this team has become my home away from home.
How has being a member of the men's basketball team helped you throughout college?
It has helped me because it has forced me to keep my head on straight and has been my support system. Whenever I have problems I know my teammates have my back and also Coach Scott is a great mentor and I know I can go to him as well when I need some advice.
What are your aspirations after graduation?
After college I would like to try to play overseas if the opportunity presents itself. Also, I would like to do something in the field of sports marketing and become part of a marketing team for a pro franchise. On top of that I want to open up my own gym because I am very interested in personal training.
What has it been like to help the program off to its first 3-0 start since the 1995-1996 season?
It has been great. We have started off the year just like we wanted to but we still have a lot of areas we need to improve in in order to reach our ultimate goal, which is winning the ODAC championship.