Get to know: Dathan Lyles

Monique Muñiz

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Dathan Lyles is one out of five seniors who will be honored at the Matadome Thursday night. Photo Credit: Monique Muñiz / Sports Editor

Full name: Dathan Lyles

Date of Birth: Jan. 14, 1988

Place of Birth: Lima, Ohio

Height: 5’11”

Position: Guard

Major: Pan-African studies

Stats: 6.3 points/game, 1.9 rebounds/games, .368 field goal percentage, 37 steals, 99 assist in 27 games

Favorites
Food: Italian food
Music: R&B, Rap, Hip Hop and Gospel
Movies: “Above the Rim,” “Love and Basketball” and “He Got Game”
Athlete: “LeBron James, but my favorite point guard I like to watch is Deron Williams.”

Life
Greatest difficulty: “Staying focused in life, my achievements and keeping my eye on the prize I really want in life because you hit walls and negative people in life.”
Greatest goal accomplishment: “I have two. In junior college I won a national championship and the other is playing Division I basketball.”
Most Embarrassing Moment: None
Hobbies: “I like to hang out with family, watch sports center, eat and hang out with friends.”

Basketball
Best part of my game: “Being a leader and talking to my teammates.”
Part of my game that needs improvement: Aggressiveness and attacking the rim
Best player I’ve played against so far: LeBron James of Miami Heat
Player I pattern my game after: “Deron Williams, Chris Paul and Steve Nash.”
Pre-game rituals: “I like to mix up the music, Gospel and R&B and some Hip Hop and eat Twizzlers.”
Superstitions: None

Goals
Team: Win the Big West Conference championship and go into NCAA tournament
Individual: “Be the best point guard in the conference.”

Extras
My first sports: Football
Other sports I played while growing up: “Just football and basketball.”
When I started playing basketball: “I was about 8 or 9 years old.”
What I do to stay in shape during the off-season: “I lift weights, run on the treadmill and run at the beach.”
Person I would like to meet: Barack Obama