Meet the Athlete: Eliud Gonzalez

South Side to Seattle.

By Mae Jacobson, WAC Associate Editor

Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Eliud Gonzalez grew up inspired by Michael Jordan and played point guard for Harold L. Richards High School, alma mater of Dwyane Wade, and then at Illinois Wesleyan University, where he studied business administration and marketing from 2008–2012. Eliud currently plays in the WAC’s A league and on the traveling team. Heís also a member of the Club’s men’s soccer and coed volleyball teams.

What’s your favorite part of basketball?
There’s a sense of competition, drive and camaraderie that comes with being on a basketball team. I think everyone wants to be part of something that’s bigger than themselves, and playing basketball offers that. It’s a complex, emotionally demanding, and cerebral sport.

Do you have any memories that stand out during your basketball career?
Winning state in high school. Then, during college, we made it to the Division III Final Four my senior year. I was captain of the team when we beat No. 1 Hope College in double overtime. They were undefeated … so that felt amazing.

What does your future hold?
I’d really like to get into coaching. Other than that, I just want to play basketball for as long as I possibly can. I see the older players at the WAC and it reassures me that I’ve got plenty of time to keep playing.

Do you have any advice for young athletes?
There are times that training and playing won’t seem fun and times that you can get distracted. But if you understand what it takes to be successful, you can remain focused on your goal and the process of getting there. Have fun, too. Being happy is the most important thing.

As published in March/April 2017 issue of WAC Magazine

—Posted March 20, 2017

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