"Up Close" with Pablo Bertone
Hailing from Arroyito, Argentina, 6'4", 198 lb freshman guard Pablo Bertone joins the Owls after a standout career at Rise Academy where he posted averages of 16.4 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 5.5 assists per game.
"Pablo is very intriguing. He's smart, and a great passer. When he's a senior he will probably be our starting point guard", Coach Mike Jarvis said. "He can play the two and the three because he can rebound. The kid can flat out play, and is skilled."
Bertone is also well traveled, having played on the European circuit as a member of the under 18 Argentian National Team. He commented on his favorite stop during that time.
"It was a trip to an International Tournament in Milano, Italy", said Bertone. †"We went to Lago di Como, which is a lake right next to the Swiss Mountains. That was really awesome."
He recently sat down with us for "Up Close".
What is your Favorite Book?
"Sacred Hoops: Spiritual Lessons of a Hardwood Warrior"
What is your Favorite Movie?
"He Got Game"
Who is your current off the court role model?
"My grandpa', my mom's dad. He has been recognized back home (Argentina) by the government, and a lot of people, as being one of the nicest men in the country."
How long have you been playing basketball?
"Since I remember, seventeen years."
What are you most proud of?
"Just overcoming the situation I had to go through (to play collegiality for FAU). To be where I am right now and to make my whole life's dream come true."
What is your major?
"I'm undecided, and might go with business."
What is your Faith?
Other than FAU, what schools did you consider?
"Back home I had two or three opportunities, and one in Spain too. But in the States I had Rice, Houston, Northeastern, and Temple."
What aspect of your game do you feel is your strength?
"Taking care of the ball, helping my teammates, and creating opportunities."
What aspect of your game do you feel is your weakness?
"That would be my long distance shot, I've got to be more consistent and work on it."
Besides basketball, what brought you to FAU?
"This is my third year overseas, and every year it gets tougher to not be homesick and miss what you are accustomed to. Florida has everything I was looking for. I have a lot of people coming here...It made me feel like I was at home."
What do you want FAU fans to know about you personally?
"I like reading books, watching movies, and going out to dinner...hanging out with friends."
What are your goals for the upcoming season?
"Get the (Sun Belt) Championship, and do whatever it takes to help the team to accomplish our goals. Also, having good grades and get closer to God."
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