Prep Profile: Tom Jankowski (with video)

Prep Profile: Tom Jankowski (with video)

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Prep Profile: Tom Jankowski (with video)

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Tommy J

Sports Tom competes in

Cross country, basketball and track

Tom’s week

Jankowski scored 10 points in a win last week against Sheboygan Falls and is averaging more than 13 points per game this season. He leads the team in rebounds (81) and rebounds per game (5.8).

All-time team sports achievement

“Going to sectional final in basketball my sophomore year.”

All-time individual achievement

“State in cross country last year — my senior season.”

No. 1 athletic goal

“I want to be a three-sport state qualifier. … I have it in cross country and I want to make it in basketball and in track. And then being an 11-time letter winner in all varsity athletics.”

Coach Jason Duff’s thoughts

“Tom, in the offseason, we started to get him mentally prepared for the kind of role that he would play for us this season — a lot of that had to do with his defense. And I think he really embraced that. We typically put him on the best offensive player for the opposing team, and he’s really thrived in that role. Not only that, but he’s got a lot of energy that he brings to this team, and he’s a vocal leader which is always good. Plus what he had before, which was a nice perimeter shot, to go with the rest of his game.”

Tom’s thoughts

“I feel good. Everything is really clicking with the whole team. I mean, you’ve got to give some credit to the team for the assists and the points, everyone’s got to box out their guy to get my rebounds. So it’s been a solid senior season so far. … I had a good season last year coming into it, enough varsity experience, so it’s really helped me excel this year.”

Tom’s favorites

* Sport: Basketball

* Pro/college athlete: Sam “Sammy” Dekker

* Pro/college team: UW Badgers basketball

* Musical artist or group: Aer

* TV show: “How I Met Your Mother”

* Class: Physics

* Food: Pizza

* Saying or piece of advice: “That’ll happen”

* Hobby: Basketball

What if …

* You could be any celebrity on earth for a week. Who would it be? LeBron James

* You could listen to a song minutes before the biggest athletic event of your life to get you hyped. What would it be? “300 Violin Orchestra”

* You could meet one famous person, a non-athlete, who would it be? Will Ferrell

Quick Q&A

* Who inspires you most? “My dad”

* What is your dream vacation destination? Hawaii

* Who’s the toughest opponent you have ever faced (be specific)? “Sandy Cohen from Seymour last year, in (basketball) regional finals”

* What do you want to do for a living? “I want to be an engineer, a chemical engineer.”

* Why are sports important to you? “They teach leadership. They teach you to rise to the occasion, be in the moment, really try and improve in the moment. You have to be there, you have to be ready to go right now — there’s no delays, it’s got to be right now.”

* What’s your strength as a person? Personality

* What do you still need to work on? Procrastination

* Do you have any pre-game or pre-meet
rituals? “Pre-meet for cross country, I (eat a) peanut butter and jelly (sandwich) about an hour before, and usually get warming up 15 to 20 minutes before I run. … And then basketball is Subway sub before every game.”

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