Senior Spotlight: Jose Salgado
August 12, 2017
Q: How long have you been playing basketball?
A: I’ve been playing since I was 7.
Q: Did you play any other sports?
A: When I was younger I played soccer and baseball, but they didn’t work out for me.
Q: What was it about basketball that you enjoyed?
A: I like the intensity and the going back and forth from offense to defense.
Q: How much training do you do per day or week?
A: During the season, it’s every day nonstop, but in the offseason I’ll come back every then and again and put up some shots.
Q: Regarding the sports you play and academics, what’s more important in your life?
A: Academics, without a question. As much as I love sports, it’s still academics.
Q: What skills do sports teach you that you apply to life?
A: Communication, without it you’re not going to go anywhere.
Q: What goals do you have for your senior year, academically and/or athletically?
A: Next year academically I want to get straight A’s. I’ve been close to doing it every year, but haven’t been able to do it.
Q: What are your personal dreams?
A: I want to be a diesel mechanic.
Q: Any coaches, teachers and family members helped you get to this point?
A: All my coaches, friends and family, but most importantly my mom and my dad. They have put up with me through my best and my worst.
Q: What advice would you give to the next generation of Dolphins?
A: Figure out who you are and stay true to that person.
Q: What is the best advice you’ve received?
A: Don’t let anything stop you, keep moving forward.
Q: Anywhere in the world you want to visit?
A: Cuba, because of my family and culture.
Q: Do you have hobbies outside of sports?
A: In my spare time I like to work on and modify my truck.
Q: What are some challenges you’ve faced as a student athlete?
A: Balancing my work, school and sports schedule. It’s a complicated challenge.
Q: Do you have any college interests?
A: I’m definitely interested in attending UTI in the diesel mechanic program.
Q: If you have the opportunity to play a sport in college, no matter the size or location of the school, will you take it?
Q: What is something you would tell your college roommate about the Keys?
A: It’s nice to be around here every now and then, but not long term.
Q: When you come back home, what is the first meal you are going to ask for?
A: Mojo pork on Cuban bread from my dad.
Q: You talked about being a diesel mechanic, what interests you in that field?
A: I really fell in love during my experience with my dad. He used to be a mechanic and he showed me all the cool stuff.