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Mr. Chris Potter, current English and Theory of Knowledge teacher, is a former Holy Cross collegiate basketball player.
First things first: who offered you scholarships to come play for their schools?
No that many in the end . . . I whittled down the schools that I was not interested in and that were actively recruiting me . . . Holy Cross, Fordham, North Carolina. I was recruited, although they don’t offer scholarships, by both Princeton and Brown.
A few of those names definitely stick out—so why Holy Cross?
I had an interest in going to Holy Cross before the whole recruiting process started. When it came right down it, I thought I might as well use the scholarship opportunity to go to a school I really want to go to anyway.
You are certainly a tall man at 6’4”, but players today are even bigger. How do you think the game has changed over the years?
When I look at the current game, I just see, physically, the differences in terms of body building . . . When I played, the general body type was very tall and thin. You have to be so much stronger today; in the 70s that wasn’t a requirement.
Today’s game is full of athleticism—ever had the privilege of dunking on somebody?
In college I only dunked the ball once, and that was on a fast break. I wasn’t a great leaper to begin with . . . But I’ve never felt the humiliation of having someone dunk on me.
What was your most memorable moment in college?
When I was a junior, Holy Cross was in the More…