Photo by Tommy LaVergne

SPORT: Men’s Basketball
HOMETOWN: Lincolnshire, Ill.
MAJOR: Sport Management
COACH: Scott Pera

Connor Cashaw ’19 came to Rice from the same Illinois high school basketball scene that produced the likes of current NBA players Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose, Jabari Parker and Jahlil Okafor. His high school team competed in three straight title games. “In the state championship game, Jabari Parker was guarding me,” he said. “I was like 15, and he was 18 — a future NBA star. It was real.” After averaging eight points per game as a sophomore at Rice, Cashaw nearly doubled his average points per game while leading the team in scoring, rebounding and steals, as of press time. He played an integral role in the team’s response to Hurricane Harvey, volunteering at the George R. Brown Convention Center and helping his teammates raise over $193,000 in relief funds.


7:15 a.m.
Wake up without an assist from the snooze button

8:15 a.m.
Breakfast with the team in Tudor Fieldhouse. Last season, this meant fried hash browns, biscuits and sausage. This season, it’s a healthier approach. Goodbye, hash browns.

“My favorite food.”

9:25 a.m.
Class: Sport Management Practicum

10:50 a.m.
Class: Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Lunch at Sammy’s with some teammates

2 p.m.
Light weightlifting session

2:30 p.m.
Shoot around, go over the game plan and get a good sweat going

“The vibe is a balance between being super zoned in and super energized.”

3:15 p.m.
Pregame meal with the team

5:15 p.m.
Get ankles taped by Dean Miller, head athletic trainer, and begin team warmups

6:30 p.m.
Coach Pera gathers the team together for the scouting report and keys to winning.

6:50 p.m.
Starting lineups are introduced. Many creative handshakes are exchanged.

“I have a lot of handshakes with different guys.”

7 p.m.
Opening tipoff

9:15 p.m.
Postgame meal and, finally, a chance to unwind with an episode of “Game of Thrones” or video games with some teammates

“After a win, we’ll log on together with the mics in and talk to one another. We’re playing this game called ‘Fortnite.’ It’s like ‘The Hunger Games.’”

11 p.m.