By Jonas Ward
Matt Bernhard is a biomedical Sciences major with a minor in chemistry on the men’s basketball team at SUNY Plattsburgh.
He got his start playing basketball at a young age.
“My brother and I used to go at it on Nerf hoops and Little Tikes hoops when we were really little,” Bernhard said. “When I got old enough to actually play basketball, it came natural to me and was a lot of fun.”
Bernhard plays both point and shooting guard, depending on the situation.
He chose Plattsburgh because he felt welcomed when he visited campus. He also received a scholarship to attend.
“I was blessed to receive the Presidential Scholarship, as well as offered a spot to play on the men’s basketball team, so that combination was a dream come true for me,” Bernhard said. “Also, meeting the team and coaches when I visited solidified that Plattsburgh was the perfect fit for me.”
Due to the pandemic, Bernhard’s senior season has been greatly affected.
“The pandemic really ruined my senior season,” Bernhard said. “The entire season was canceled before we even got on the court. It’s unfortunate and upsetting, but I understand that it was the smart thing to do.”
Bernhard also loves to watch basketball. He has been a fan of the sport for a long time and enjoys keeping up with games and teams.
“I’m also a huge sports fan,” Berhnard said. “So I love watching any and every game that I can. I’ve been a Knicks fan for as long as I can remember. His favorite players of all-time are Michael Beasley and Pierre Jackson, but currently it is Damian Lilliard.
When he is not in classes or practice, Bernhard enjoys working out and listening to music.
Bernhard is a dedicated student and athlete that enjoys a good game. He misses playing alongside his friends and hopes the pandemic will come to an end soon.