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August 3, 2012

Mustang Men’s Basketball Summer Journal Series: Maliik Love

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EDITOR'S NOTE:
Junior guard Maliik Love, the 2010-11 Big West Conference Co-Freshman Player of the Year selection, checks in Aug. 3 with the latest entry from the Cal Poly men's basketball program's summer journal series. Love (Oceanside, Calif.), who started 11 of 33 games for Cal Poly last season, led the Mustangs with a 2.07-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.

Overall, Cal Poly returns two starters and six letterwinners from last year's squad that reached the Big West Conference Tournament semifinals and won 18 games – the second-highest total during the program's Division I tenure. One of the NCAA's top defensive programs during the previous two years, Cal Poly finished the 2011-12 season ranked sixth nationally in opponent rebounds per game (29.1) and 24th in opponent points per game (60.5).

Aug. 3, 2012


Fellow Mustangs,

I know you've all been dying to read the next installment of our journal series and here it is. I'd like to start this week's series off with a question: what is the definition of summer?

For many people in the United States, "summer" usually refers to a period of relaxation or a time to travel across the world. However, if you mention "summer" to a dedicated athlete, you'll find the complete opposite interpretation. To me, summer is a period in which you can really dedicate your time to enhancing your skills and bring your game to the next level. This is exactly what we have strived to do these past six weeks at Cal Poly.

For the two years that I've been at Cal Poly, Coach Callero has repeated the saying, "success is not accidental." I never truly understood the real meaning of that phrase until this summer. Every player is enrolled in one or two classes this summer, in addition to working out on a daily basis. Success is not accidental because of the simple fact that if you want something special in life (in this case, winning an NCAA championship), then you must pay your dues ahead of time. Teams just don't magically win championships and become great. The championship you see requires months and years of work and preparation.

I've loved everything about being a part of this program during the past two years. Most importantly though, I've enjoyed the fantastic Mustang support you've all given us. Last year was a great season, but in no way are we settling. We plan to raise that bar to the next level this year. Achieving major goals in life requires major support. I hope to see each and every one of you in Mott Gym this November!

Sincerely,

Maliik Martell Love