By: Sam Rubinstein (@_samruby)
Our Alumni Catch Up Column will ask former stars of CIAC Boy’s Basketball questions on their high school and college careers to give us a little insight on the person behind the player.
We got the chance to talk to former Holy Cross Crusader and current Southern Connecticut State Owl, Mike Mallory, and ask him questions on his high school and college days. In high school, he was a four-year varsity player, All-State point guard, and despite being injured for most of his senior year, he finished his career with winning the prestigious Billy Fin Award, given to the city of Waterbury’s best player. Before heading to the college ranks, Mallory did a post-graduate year at Marianapolis Preparatory School in Thompson, CT which gave him an extra year to prepare for the next level and get his name out even more to college coaches after his injury during his Senior campaign at Holy Cross. At Southern, he was named the Northeast-10 Conference Rookie of the Year in 2014 and made the All Conference Tournament team which the Owls won that year. During his sophomore season he set a school single season record with 90 made three pointers, averaged 18.3 points per game, and was a Third-Team All NE-10 selection. Going into his junior season, Mike was named preseason All-American and looks to improve on his already fantastic career and lead his team to another great season.
1. Name: Michael Mallory
2. Year: Junior
3. College/University: Southern Connecticut State University (D2, Northeast 10 Conference)
4. High School: Holy Cross High School (Waterbury, CT, Naugatuck Valley League)
5. Most Memorable High School Game and Why? Sophomore year we played Sacred Heart at their place and I had 32 points
6. Best Player You Played Against in High School?
Shabazz Muhammad (in AAU circuit) who plays for the Timberwolves but there were a lot of great players I played with and against.
7. Most Memorable College Game and Why? Winning the NE-10 championship (freshman season) because I’ve never had a feeling like that before or won anything of that magnitude
8. Best Player You Played Against in College? Gelvis Solano (Merrimack College - returning first team All NE-10, 1,000 point scorer)
9. Coolest Place/Arena That You Have Played In College? Too many to list.
10. Where Else Were You Looking to Play Coming Out of High School? A couple of D1s and no D2s at the time (before getting inured and attending prep school)
11. What Do You Miss Most About Playing High School Basketball? Playing with my high school teammates, I love those guys
12. One Mentor That Helped You Out On the High School Team When You Were an Underclassmen and How Did He Help? Ta’Quan ZImmerman (Holy Cross grad, current member of Idaho Stampede in NBA DLeague) was my mentor then and now is like a big brother to me and he shows me the ropes.
13. If You Could Go Back and Replay One Game of Your High School Career What Would It Be and Why? Championship game vs Watertown because I wasn’t able to play.
14. How Did Playing High School Basketball in Connecticut Prepare You For The Next Level? It helped me out a lot because it brought out toughness that I didn’t know I had
15. What’s The Biggest Difference Between the College Game and the High School Game? The speed is the biggest difference. Everyone is faster and can control their speed more.
16. Give Us One Outlook On How You Think Your College Team Will Do This Season. I think we will shock the world on how good we will be
Thanks to Mike for taking the time to talk to us and we wish all the best to him and his SCSU Owls!