Student-Athlete of the Week

Dec. 12, 2011

Laramie, Wyo. -

Athlete of the Week



Adam Waddell


You are in your last season as a Cowboy, how would you sum up your experience so far?
My experience as a Cowboy has far exceeded my expectations when I came in as a scared little freshman from Wyoming. The memories I have gained, the places I have been, and the people I have met, I will take with me and cherish for the rest of my life. Being able to walk in the footsteps of both my parents by coming to UW and participating in athletics and getting an education is a special feeling, and I know they are more than proud of me and what I have done the past 5 years.

The 2010-11 season has started with a 9-1 record, what makes this team so special?
The thing that stands out the most to me with this team is how we have all bought in to the motto of our basketball family (ADU). Up to this point in the season this team has bought in to being Aggressive, Disciplined, and Unselfish. The players on this team are incredibly fortunate to have the knowledgeable coaching staff that we do, and hope to continue to get better to put a product on the court that the entire Poke nation can be proud of.

Is there a game you are looking forward to more than any other this season? Why?
I am looking forward to playing every game this season. As blunt and cliché as that might sound, my time as a Cowboy is slowly coming to an end. My fellow seniors and I are going to cherish every moment and soak in the sights and sounds of every game. One game at a time, one day at a time.

Since you graduated in May with a Communication degree, what classes have you been taking?
Due to the rules of the NCAA I was not able to apply for Graduate school when I wanted to, so in order to be eligible to play this year I still had to be a degree-seeking athlete. I narrowed my options down and decided to pursue my interests in criminal justice. The classes are interesting and challenging and I am excited to continue to learning about the ins and outs of the criminal justice system. Graduate school is still an option in the future that I may choose to pursue.

What is it like playing in front of your home state?
I wish I could fully explain what it's like, but sometimes words just don't do it justice. I still get goose bumps running down the tunnel in the AA and I have been here for 5 years! The people of this state have a different kind of love when it comes to the University of Wyoming and I am so thankful for the opportunity to play and compete in front of friends, family, and the passionate fans of this amazing place. The Brown and Gold will no doubt be running through my veins for the rest of my life.

What are you asking for for Christmas?
I'm kind of a tech nerd in some ways and have always wanted an IPad! But, truthfully, I get the opportunity to go home and see my family this Christmas, and with all the time that we spend away from home while at school and during summer workouts, time with my family will be the best Christmas present I can ask for.

When did you find out Santa wasn't real? What was your reaction?
My parents actually left their closet door open one day before Christmas when I was in elementary school, and I received those same presents on Christmas Day supposedly "From: Santa." Of course I did the smart thing any kid would do and not say anything to my parents, but for the longest time I just went along with Santa being real. The day I found out he wasn't real though....traumatic.

What kind of career do you want to pursue?
Since 3rd grade all I have known is basketball and sports. My schedule revolved around practice, tournaments, and games and because it has been such a big part of my life, I hope to continue a career in sports in some way or another. During my time at UW I have gained an interest in Sports Development and Sports Administration and hope to one day have a career in sports.

What are three things you always do when you get some time to go home to Cody?
Breadboard, spend time outdoors, and family. Not always in that order. Anyone who has been to Cody and has had the opportunity to eat a sandwich from the Breadboard knows how good that place is! I grew up hunting and fishing with my Dad, and have gone camping in the Rocky Mountains with my parents and friends for as long as I can remember. I can't see myself straying too far from the comfort of the Rocky Mountains later in life. And, like I said before, we don't get as much time at home as most students do so any time I get to go home I always spend time with friends and family.

What do you like to do with your free time?
I am pretty big into video games, and I love watching movies, and shows on TV like Dexter, the Walking Dead. When I don't have to be studying I like to pick up a good book from time to time, and in the fall when I can get away I love going hunting. Free time for athletes is sometimes hard to find, so any opportunity to just kick back and relax I like to take advantage of.

You have experience various injuries throughout your career here at UW, which has been the hardest to overcome?
I could probably write a book about all the things I have had to go through but I think the hardest injury I had to overcome was knee surgery. Although I was back playing fairly quickly and the operation is a relatively easy procedure, it was something I had never been through before. Mentally it can play tricks with you but my teammates and family helped me through it, and now the knee I had worked on is stronger than my other knee!

What do you enjoy more, a huge dunk or a big block? Why?
Neither. Although, a huge dunk is pretty fun, taking a charge at a critical point of a game is much more enjoyable. Not only does it give your team and the crowd some energy to feed off of, but it creates havoc for the other team, we gain possession, and it shows your teammates you are willing to sacrifice your body to help win a game.

Finish the sentence: Cody is...
Rodeo! :) It's also a place I can happily call home!