Catching Up With Armin Omanovic (Lasell Men’s Basketball)

Armin Omanovic has the Lasell men's basketball team headed in the right direction. (PHOTO CREDIT: Lasell College Athletics)
Armin Omanovic has the Lasell men’s basketball team headed in the right direction. (PHOTO CREDIT: Lasell College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports.com

Lasell College senior Armin Omanovic has enjoyed an impressive start to his senior season, earning a pair of Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) honors – his most recent weekly accolade came last Monday, December 5th – while leading the team in points (244), trifectas (28) and free-throws converted (64).

Most recently, Omanovic guided the Lasers to a pair of wins last week, including an impressive victory over Keene State – the program’s first since the 2013-14 season.

Lasell heads into the holiday break 6-3 overall, but 3-0 in league play. The Lasers  return to the court next month when they host Rivier in a GNAC clash on Thursday, January 5, 2017.

Before Omanovic departed campus to celebrate the holidays with friends and family, Noontime Sports caught up with the Wilkesboro, North Carolina native to discuss his team’s first half of the season.

Your team wrapped up the first half of play this past weekend against Amherst. Tell me about that particular contest and the fight your team displayed from the opening tip? 

We knew that they were ranked number one in the country, but  did not focus on that. Instead, we tried to come out and play our game because we knew if we played our game, we can beat any team in the country. Amherst jumped on us early with a big lead, but we chipped away at it and made it a game until the end. I was very proud of my teammates’ efforts.

It’s been an exciting start to the season – from your perspective, how has the team improved each day/week? 

We come in every day with a focus to get better than we were the day before.

Your team claimed some impressive wins recently, including victories against Johnson & Wales and Keene State. How will those games help the team moving into GNAC play next month?  

Its gives us a lot of confidence knowing that if we play the way we should, we can achieve our goals for the season.

What’s something unique or special that many fans don’t know about this particular Lasell squad? 

We have a cast of characters on this team and I love it. Many people don’t know how truly close everyone is with each other and that’s what makes playing with them so fun. Win or lose, we still are a family.

It might sound cliché, but who taught you how to shoot a basketball? 

I taught myself how to shoot a basketball. I use to wake up every morning before school when I was younger just to work on my jump shot.

What do you enjoy more: driving for a layup or shooting a three-pointer? 

I like driving for a layup. Nothing is more satisfying than being a smaller guard and finishing against a tall defender.

Who has been a teammate – either past or current – that has helped you improve, both offensively and defensively? 

Brent Cowles has helped me elevate my game over the past few years. We have been teammates before and he taught me all the facets of the game. Without him, I couldn’t be the player that I am today and I am truly grateful for it.

Through nine games this season, Armin Omanovic leads the Lasers in free-throws converted. (PHOTO CREDIT: Lasell College Athletics)
Through nine games this season, Armin Omanovic leads the Lasers in free-throws converted. (PHOTO CREDIT: Lasell College Athletics)

Did you have any family members or siblings that played basketball in college (or high school)? 

No, I am the only one in my family that plays basketball, but they all love to watch.

Tell me about your major – how did you choose it and what do you hope to do with it? 

I am an applied mathematics major with a minor in communication. My high school math teachers made such an impact on me that I decided I wanted to purse a similar career and help students the same way they helped me. My main goal is to open an orphanage for kids in Chicago and be able to show them that you can succeed no matter what obstacles you face.

Outside of basketball, what clubs/activities are you involved with on campus? 

I have been involved with a special fundraiser back home with my best friend Christian Hurt, which is called Heal the Hurt. At the end of every year, we raise money for a young boy or girl or a group of children in need by hosting a charity basketball game.  Attendees pay $5 at the door and the event features a lot of my former and current college teammates. We have raised over $10,000 over the last five years and continue to help children all over the world.

Favorite basketball player of all-time is …? 

Kobe Bryant.

Favorite movie of all-time? 

Remember the Titans

What was the last book you read for pleasure? And would you recommend it? 

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. And I would recommend it to everyone because it portrays essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, recognizing opportunities and most importantly, follow your dreams.

Favorite food? 

Steak and cheese sub.

Three songs you listen to on a game day? 

“Déjà vu” by J. Cole

“I can” by Nas

“Love hate thing” by Wale

Finally, what do you love most about playing basketball at Lasell?

My teammates and coaching staff – they make playing basketball  (at Lasell) so enjoyable. The love and support they have for each other is indescribable. I wouldn’t be half the basketball player without every single one of my teammates and coaches. The bonds I have with my teammates and coaches will never be broken and I am excited to see how the rest of the season plays out.

Daily Noontime – March 12, 2012

Kobe Bryant once again led the L.A. Lakers past Boston, 97-94! (Photo Credit: Slate.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Good Monday to everyone, and welcome back to the Daily Noontime! Here are some headlines to kick-start and jumpstart your day!

* The Boston Celtics couldn’t hang onto a three-point advantage late in the fourth quarter, as the Los Angles Lakers rallied to defeat the Green and White, 97-94. Kobe Bryant led all scorers with 26 points, while Rajon Rondo paced the Celtics with 10 assists. Boston will return to the Staple Center on Monday when they tip-off against the Los Angles Clippers.

* On Sunday, the NCAA announced that Harvard University’s men’s basketball team earned the No. 12 seed in the eastern bracket of the upcoming March Madness tournament, which is scheduled to begin on Thursday, Mar. 15. The Crimson will begin their journey toward a NCAA crown against Vanderbilt University.

* Sources confirmed late Sunday evening that University of Massachusetts’ (Amherst) men’s basketball team earned a spot in the upcoming NIT tournament. The Minutemen will tip-off against Mississippi State on Tuesday, Mar. 13.

* The Boston Bruins earned their second consecutive loss on Sunday, as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Black and Gold, 5-2. Pittsburgh netted three goals in the first frame, while adding one strike in the second and third period, while Tim Thomas and Marty Turco combined for 27 saves. The Bruins will look to snap their two-game skid on Tuesday when they travel to Tampa Bay.

Daily Noontime – February 10, 2012

Kobe Bryant's 27 points helped the Los Angles Lakers defeat Boston on Thursday, 88-87 in OT! (Photo Credit: SB Nation)

By NoontimeSports.com 

It’s Friday, and before we break out into song and dance, let’s jumpstart the day with some headlines and news!

* The Los Angles Lakers snapped the Boston Celtics five-game winning streak on Thursday, as they defeated the Green and White, 88-87 in overtime. Kobe Bryant led all scorers with 27 points, while Andrew Bynum added 17 rebounds. As for the Celtics, Paul Pierce led the team with seven assists, and Ray Allen finished the game with 22 points. Boston will return to the hardwood on Friday when they travel to Toronto for a 7:00pm tip-off.

* Tim Thomas created a few headlines on Thursday afternoon, as the Boston Bruins goaltender once again utilized his freedom of speech through social media to announce a few political thoughts for his fans. Yet, this isn’t the first time that the goaltender has used Facebook to state his beliefs on politics, especially since he announced a few weeks ago why he decided to forgo a visit to the White House. Thomas told reporters that he’s allowed to have his own beliefs and everyone should respect his personal thoughts going forward.

* The Boston Bruins will return to the ice on Saturday afternoon when they host the Nashville Predators for a 1:00pm face-off, and according to sources, the team hasn’t announced who’ll be starting in net, but it’s possible Thomas could be the backstop for the Black and Gold.

* According to the Boston Herald and WEEI.com, Red Sox first basemen Kevin Youkilis recently got engaged to Tom Brady‘s sister Julie, who is a California schoolteacher with a 5-year-old daughter.

Daily Noontime – December 23, 2011

The Colts pulled out a dramatic win on Thursday after their owner stated that he expects Peyton to remain in Indianapolis! (Photo Credit: Flickr.com)

Happy Friday to everyone, and of course, Happy Holidays too! Here’s some headlines, news and other things! 

Headlines: 

* The Indianapolis Colts earned their second consecutive victory, as they rallied to defeat the Houston Texans, 19-16.

* According to the Colts owner Jim Isray, he believes and expects quarterback Peyton Manning to remain with Indianapolis for the upcoming season.

* Sports Illustrated confirmed that Kobe Bryant is expected to play in the team’s season opener on Sunday against Chicago Bulls.

* According to MLB.com — the St. Louis Cardinals have reached a two-year deal with Carlos Beltran.

* The New York Rangers picked up an important win on Thursday, as they defeated the New York Islanders, 4-2.

Games to Watch: 

* Florida at Boston (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern 

* Philadelphia at New York Rangers (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

With 2011 slowly coming to a close, here’s a video that recaps the past year of YouTube videos, enjoy! 

Daily Noontime – November 1, 2011

Julian Edelman is in trouble with the law, and most likely the New England Patriots too!

Happy Tuesday to everyone, and welcome into yet another edition of the Daily Noontime! Oh – it’s also November – Rabbit, Rabbit! 

Headlines: 

* According to reports on Tuesday morning, New England Patriots wide receiver and punt returner Julian Edelman was arrested for assault and battery.

* The Kansas City Chiefs rallied late Monday evening to defeat the San Diego Chargers, and forced a three-way tie for first place in the AFC West.

* Apparently the Oakland Raiders are interested in signing former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

* Good news for Atlanta Falcons fans, rookie wide receiver Julio Jones returned to practice, and could be in the line-up on Sunday.

* More news is being leaked about Shaquille O’Neal‘s new book, which is due out in November, and one of the biggest topics was his relationship with Kobe Bryant.

* The NBA Lockout continues, but according to a recent Yahoo! Sports report, Players Association president Derek Fisher denied trying to cut a side deal with the league.

Games to Watch: 

* Ottawa at Boston (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern 

* Tampa Bay at Carolina (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern 

* Anaheim at Washington (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

It’s the day after Halloween, and yes, we have a leftover treat – a video about Red Sox pitcher John Lackey, enjoy!