Throughout the summer, the California men’s basketball program will bring fans a little closer to members of the team with the Golden Bear summer question-and-answer series. Guard Stephen Domingo, who transferred to Cal following two seasons at Georgetown University, is one of several new faces to the program. A native of San Francisco, Domingo returned to the Bay Area where he starred as a high school player at St. Ignatius Prep. CalBears.com recently talked to the second signee of the Cuonzo Martin era to find out more about his experience so far as a Golden Bear.
CalBears.com: What has it been like since you have been back in the Bay Area?
Stephen Domingo: It’s been great. First, being back in California is a great thing. I had only been home for two weeks over the last two years. There is nothing like your home environment. Now I am here on campus and am enjoying it a lot.
CB: What is it about the coaching staff here that attracted you to Cal?
SD: There is a real sense of Family. When I decided to transfer here, everyone on the staff said ‘Welcome to the Family.’ That was a huge thing for me. The sense of community and love within the program is something that is very conducive for hard work. You want to do well for them, because they care about you and want you to do well.
CB: What is your plan for the next year?
SD: I want to work hard in the weight room to get bigger and stronger so I can be prepared to make a very big impact and help the team when I return to the court for the 2015-16 season. I will go hard every day in practice to not only help this team prepare for the competition, but set a good example for my teammates. If I can help my teammates get better in any way that will help us win games this coming year.
CB: How have the workouts been under Strength & Conditioning Coach Nicodemus Christopher?
SD: Coach definitely gets us going. We don’t cut corners here. You do every rep and you see results right away. When you put in the work, you get results. His motto is ‘Together We Attack’ and that is what we do in the weight room.
CB: While at Georgetown, you had the opportunity to participate in the Armed Forces Classic playing against Oregon at Camp Humphreys, the U.S. Army base in South Korea. What was that experience like for you?
SD: To have the opportunity to give back to the troops that have done so much for us was truly special. On Memorial Day, I was looking through some photos from that trip and I was thinking how much of an impact it was not only for the troops over there but for us as well. We spent a couple days there and really got to bond with the individuals who fight to protect our freedom each and every day. It was an experience I won’t forget.
CB: How familiar are you with your new teammates here at Cal?
SD: I know Jordan [Mathews] pretty well from when we played together on the same AAU team. I also know Jabari [Bird] from high school basketball in the Bay Area. I have had the opportunity to meet the rest of the guys working out here over the summer and have a great relationship with everyone.
CB: Have you ever been to a game here at Cal?
SD: I visited Cal during high school. Haas Pavilion can definitely get rocking during games. It is a great environment. I like the new design of the court last season too.
CB: What are you studying here at Cal and what are your professional aspirations outside of basketball?SD: I am studying political economy which has always interested me. Down the road after basketball, I want to be a general manager of a professional franchise.