Corner Brook native Daniel Foo of the Memorial Sea-Hawks makes his way up the hardwood against Saint Mary‚Äôs University in an Atlantic University Sport contest earlier this year.
‚ÄĒ Submitted photo
CORNER BROOK High on the Christmas wish list for Daniel Foo is a clean bill of health to allow him to be a dominant force on the hardwood.
Foo has battled injuries throughout his high school basketball career as a go-to guy for the Corner Brook High Titans basketball team and not much has changed since he joined the Memorial University of Newfoundland Sea-Hawks in his first year of post-secondary studies.
Foo, son of Frank Foo and Jennifer Bursey-Foo of Corner Brook, hasn‚Äôt played nearly the minutes he envisioned in his rookie campaign as a talented guard with the Sea-Hawks because he‚Äôs been dealing with a nagging pulled groin for the first half of the season.
‚ÄúI am just playing limited minutes to back the other point guard up to give him a break until I‚Äąget better,‚ÄĚ‚ÄąFoo said while home for the holidays before leaving Dec. 28 for a training camp in St. John‚Äôs. ‚ÄúI‚Äôm not playing as much as I‚Äôd like to, but once I am better I‚Äôm sure I‚Äôll be playing the minutes I like to, again.‚ÄĚ
Foo knows rest is key to helping him get back to 100 per cent, but that‚Äôs posing a challenge when, on the other hand, he has to keep himself in shape during the holidays by training to keep fit for the second half of the season.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs hard to balance that out,‚ÄĚ‚Äąhe said.
He arrived home Dec. 20 and will spend his week off celebrating the season with his family and friends. He has no special traditions he carries out on an annual basis, but he looks forward to having a good time in comfortable surroundings.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs just nice to be home again to relax and not have to cook your own meals or go get groceries,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúIt feels nice. It‚Äôs great.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúI‚Äąjust want to relax, catch up with family and friends and stay in shape for ball,‚ÄĚ he added.
The Sea-Hawks will want to simply forget the first half of the season after losing all six games to end up in the cellar at the Christmas break in eight-team setup.
Foo admits losing isn‚Äôt something he enjoys, especially after completing his high school career with a 4A boys basketball championship in a run that saw the Titans lose only one game all season.
However, he believes if all hands pick up the pace after Christmas the wins will eventually come.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs definitely a change, but you just got to stay positive and look at it and say ‚ÄėI‚Äôm going to get better next year to help the team get better and eventually we can win some games and make the playoffs and take it from there,‚ÄĚ‚Äąhe said.
He‚Äôs anxious to help turn things around for the team and beams with confidence about his ability to make that happen.
But, he has to be free of injury for it all to unfold on the hardwood.
‚ÄúSo I can be out there to help my team win and play the minutes I‚Äôd like to play to help the team win,‚ÄĚ‚Äąhe said of avoiding the injury bug down the stretch.
Life as a student-athlete doesn‚Äôt go well unless all is well in the classroom, and it appears Foo is finding his way. He actually likes it more than high school because of the flexibility allowed in choosing courses and more say in how he spends his free time away from the hectic grind of juggling general studies while throwing hoops.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a new adjustment, but I‚Äąlike it,‚ÄĚ he said.