Athlete of the Week: Todd Otradovec

Senior leads Gresham to top of CWC-North

Contributed photo Gresham Community High School senior Todd Otradovec scored a game-high 26 points in the Wildcats’ 69-68 victory over Central Wisconsin Conference-North rival Manawa on Tuesday. The senior leads Gresham in scoring (17.5 points per game) and rebounds (7.2 per game) this season.

Athlete: Todd Otradovec

Sport: Basketball

Position: Forward

School: Gresham Community School

Year: Senior

Todd Otradovec led Gresham with 26 points in its 69-68 victory over Manawa on Tuesday to keep the Wildcats undefeated in the Central Wisconsin Conference-North. The senior has the highest field goal percentage and leads the team in scoring (17.5 points per game) and rebounds (7.2 rebounds per game) this season.

Q Where did your interest in playing basketball begin?

A “I’ve loved it ever since I can remember. I remember watching it on TV and thinking, ‘I want to play this sport.’”

Q What’s your favorite part about playing the game?

A “My favorite part is playing with my teammates and getting to spend more time with my friends.”

Q What do you think contributes to you being the top scorer and a leader on the team?

A “A big part of my success is the work I put in. I always practice like it’s a game. I also couldn’t score without my teammates getting me the ball when I’m open.”

Q As a senior, what do you see your role as on the team?

A “I see myself as a leader. I have to pass my knowledge that I’ve learned over my four years down to the younger guys.”

Q What have you done in the offseason, along with your underclassman years, to establish yourself as a key contributor this year?

A “I’ve put in a lot of work on my shooting and driving the ball. I also play a lot with my friends, so we have that chemistry.”

Q What’s your goal for the rest of your final season, both personal and for the team?

A “I would like to get as close as I can to averaging 20 points per game, and as a team, I think we can win a regional championship.”

Q What is your favorite memory of playing Gresham basketball?

A “My favorite memory would have to be from last year’s season when we made it to the sectional finals. I can’t put into words how amazing that was and how amazing the community support was during that.”

Q What athlete do you look up to?

A “Tim Tebow. He always gets a bunch of hate for pretty much everything he does, but no matter what he still follows his dreams and doesn’t care what other people think.”

Q Favorite TV show, movie, musical artist?

A “My favorite TV show is ‘Impractical Jokers,’ my favorite movie is ‘Smoke Signals’ and my favorite musical artists are Avenged Sevenfold and Ed Sheeran.”

Q Do you have a favorite quote or verse?

A “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” — Theodore Roosevelt