The NESCAC is brimming with talented student-athletes and the "Friday Feature" is a way for fans to get to know them throughout the academic year. The conference introduces Williams' Kyle Scadlock, a men's basketball player with an artistic side.
Kyle Scadlock, Williams College
Senior, Men's Basketball
Twinsburg, Ohio/University School
Major: Studio Art
Why did you choose to attend Williams?
I developed a good relationship with Coach App and Coach Hedgepeth (who was an assistant at the time) throughout the recruiting process and Williams had a strong academic reputation, both of which were important to me. What really cemented my decision was seeing how close the basketball team was off the court during my visit and understanding the culture of the program. It felt like an environment I wanted to be a part of and I thought I would fit right in.
Why did you choose to be a Division III student-athlete?
In all honesty, I chose to be a Division III student-athlete because I wanted to be a Division I student-athlete but that didn’t quite work out. Looking back on it, however, I think everything worked out for the best because at this level I get the perfect balance of basketball, academics, social life, and career opportunities.
What has been the greatest part of your college experience so far?
The greatest part of my college experience so far was our run to the NCAA Final Four during my sophomore year. We had such high hopes that season and then we found ourselves sitting at 1-4 in conference play. I remember the players-only meeting we organized to figure out how we were going to turn the season around. We all believed we could be successful and we can look back on that meeting now as a turning point. The stretch from the conference tournament to the Final Four was some of the most fun I’ve had playing basketball and one of the most exciting experiences of my life. The support we got from the students, faculty, and the Williamstown community made it even more special.
What has been your favorite class outside of your major? Why?
My favorite class that I have taken outside of my major was Woman/Black Feminist Thought taught by Professor Rhon Manigault-Bryant. The stories and perspectives I got to hear from the women of color in the class along with Professor RMB were so powerful and eye-opening. It is the most important class I have taken and it has informed the perspective I now carry with me daily.
What has been the most interesting part of your major so far?
The most interesting part of being an art major, besides trying to figure out how I am going to make money for the rest of my life, has been the creative people I get to be around and engage within the art building. Seeing the work of other people and learning about their experiences through their art has been incredibly inspiring and one of the reasons I know it was the right decision to change my major to studio art.
What advice would you give to yourself as a high school first year?
I would tell myself something cliche, like "keep working hard no matter what" or "try to be yourself as much as possible" or "make sure you enjoy your four years at Cleveland University School and the people you’ll meet there". However, I would also tell him that once you get to Williams, don’t sell your soul and major in economics, then convince yourself that you want to go into consulting all because you want to make money. You will save yourself two and a half years worth of economics classes, some less-than-stellar grades, and a lot of stress knowing it’s just not you - go be an artist.
What is the best gift you have ever received or gave? Why?
I gave my three little brothers buckets every single time we played basketball in our driveway growing up. It is a priceless gift they probably didn’t understand at the time but I hope they can appreciate now. Shoutout Brandon, Jordan, and Sean!
What is your favorite place on your campus and why?
I already mentioned the art building, so one of my other favorite places on campus is the '82 Grill where I work helping to serve food. I think working in the service industry has helped me to gain an appreciation for the work that so many people around the world do every day and I have met so many great people. The three women that run the '82 Grill have been among my favorite people that I have met at Williams, so thank you to Lori, Lillian, and Carol for being so special!
Who has been the most influential person on you during your time in college so far? Why?
My mom. I could talk forever about her but the answer to this question will never change no matter where I'm at in my life. (Also shoutout to GG!)