Today we have one of our TGR All Americans Dane Diliegro. Dane was nice enough to spend some time answering some questions. He seems ready for a big season.
The Great Rabbino: Hey Dane thanks for being here and spending time on with TGR.
Dane Diliegro: No problem, anything for the Jewish people.
TGR: Could you tell us a little bit about your basketball career?
Dane: I’m a junior at the UNH, and I’ve been the center there since my freshman year. Its been a lot of fun getting better and improving my game over the years.
TGR: What drew you to playing at New Hampshire? Did you have other offers?
Dane: I had one other offer at a division II school called University of New Haven.. oddly UNH as well.
TGR: What was it like playing and winning at the Maccabi games? Was there good comradery with the other guys?
Dane: Oh yes, we are all very close still to this day. It was a lot of fun. Dan Grunfeld and Todd Golden were amongst some of my closest buddies. Winning the gold was a thrilling as well.
TGR: Was there one Jewish ball player that was head and shoulders above the rest? How was Coach Pearl?
Dane: Dan Grunfeld was the most talented player there. He won MVP of the tournament and is clearly a very experienced basketball player. Coach pearl was great. A true gentlemen. He kept us all poised and ready to play at all times while also sticking to what we had to do. He is a great guy and I’d love to work with him again.
TGR: Did your experience at the Maccabi games enhance your Judaism? Do you feel more connected religiously or culturally?
Dane: Yes, seeing all of the sights such as the Western Wall, Massada, and the Dead Sea were all very religious experiences. I had a great time and definitely feel closer to my religion. It meant a lot to be there.
TGR: Who is the best player you have ever played against or guarded? What was that like?
Dane: Carmelo Anthony, he was a very talented player. There wasn’t much I could do against him at the time.
TGR: Who is your pre-season team to watch to win it all?
Dane: I’m always a huge Syracuse fan. I really like Kansas this year.
TGR: Dane thanking you for helping out TGR. Good luck this season we will be following.
Dane: Thank you.
And Let Us Say…Amen.