Catching Up With Dwight Hardy

Many legendary ball players has emanated from the Bronx NY. Players such as Rob Strickland, Kenny Satterfield, and countless other have made their way from the playgrounds, and ultimately to the major arenas of professional Basketball.

Dwight Hardy is one of those players who, like his predecessors before him, is proud to be from the Bronx and is ready for his shot at basketball stardom.

After a stellar standout career at St. Johns University, located in Queens NY, where he averaged 18.3 points under Head Coach Steve Lavin, Hardy took his talents to Italian club Pistoria where he averages 22.6 points per game.

I recently sat down with Dwight to talk about life and basketball.

Tell me a little about yourself:
I was born and raised in the Bronx, went to John F. Kennedy High School then attended Indian Hills Community College before landing at St. John’s.

How has your upbringing prepared you for life as a professional basketball player?
My upbringing has prepared me a lot. Growing up in a rough neighborhood really gave a strong mind set on becoming successful and handling things on my own, so the transition to being a professional basketball player wasn’t that hard.

How has your family adjusted to living in a different country?
My family has adjusted well. When they first arrived, it was a little difficult because of the language but they are happy here and are having a great experience along with myself.

How have you adjusted from playing at St John’s, to playing for Giorgio Tesi?
The adjustment from St. Johns to Giorgio Tesi was huge in terms of the style of play and tempo. I think at the college level, the game is faster and more players are athletic. Overseas, the game is much slower. Most teams like to execute more instead of an up and down type of tempo.

What are some of the teachings you learned from Steve Lavin that you applied to your pro career?
Steve Lavin has thought me a lot; how to carry myself on and off the court. Also, he has showed me how to be a pro on the court, not just playing, but how I talk to my teammates and officials; also off the court, how to stay in the right shape and the right foods to be the best player that I can be.

What was going through your body after you made the game winner against Pitt in the 2011 NCAA BB season?
After I hit that game winning shot against Pitt, my body felt numb. It was one of the best feelings in my life, and the best shot I’ve made in my career. Everything just went blank after that shot. All I could see was me and my team.

??Do you still keep in contact with your former SJU teammates?
I keep in contact with all of my former teammates on a weekly basis.

How would you compare playing at MSG, to playing in your current home arena, Palasport Fermi?
There is no comparison between MSG and the Palasport. MSG is the best arena in the world and I hope to play there again!

?What were your expectations for yourself when you first arrived in Italy? Have you exceeded those expectations?
When I first arrived in Italy, my expectations were to do well individually, first for myself, but at the same time, have a successful season and win as much as possible. I think I have achieved those goals.

What are your goals for your team as you head into the playoffs?
My goal for my team as we head into the playoffs of course is to try and win it all. That is the one and only goal!

?What are your basketball plans for the summer?
As for the summer, I plan to make a summer league NBA team and hopefully earn my way on a roster for the 2012-13 season.