Alex Gustafson

Senior Sendoff: Alex Gustafson

As the 2016-17 seniors get ready to graduate, they take a minute to reflect back on their four years as a University of Chicago Maroon. First up? Alex Gustafson.

Alex Gustafson, No. 20, Guard

What has been the best part about being a member of the Maroons?

Definitely the lifelong friendships I’ve made with guys on the team over my entire four years. I can’t imagine being closer with such a large group of guys, and I’m extremely lucky and thankful to call them my best friends.

What about of being a UChicago student?

The learning that has taken place outside of the classroom. I’ve met such a wide variety of people who constantly push me in new ways I had never explored before coming here, and that’s been really interesting and fulfilling over the years.

Of all the time you’ve spent playing over the last four years, what is your favorite on-court memory?

One particular moment that stands out to me was my freshman year, when senior Charlie Hughes physically couldn’t help himself from throwing his hands in the air when he was getting yelled at for something trivial. So we all had to run down and back…twice. Also up there is every Goose-cut Eric Robinson and I connected on, over the years.

And how about when it comes to off-the-court, with teammates?

There are too many to choose from for this one, but if I had to narrow it down I would say our trip to New Zealand and Australia.

Is there a certain matchup you’ve always looked forward to?

I always loved watching our team try to hold the other team’s best player to below his average. That was usually pretty entertaining.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve gotten, during your time as a Maroon?

While a lot of wisdom has been bestowed upon us by alums, what sticks out most comes from 2014 graduate Derrick Davis who constantly told me, “Never speculate – it can only lead to disappointment.”

What words of wisdom do you have for the teammates you’re leaving behind?

Try to not only push through, but also enjoy the tough days of Maroons basketball. In whatever you’re doing, try to make as many memories as possible with your teammates.

What will you miss most about UChicago, as a whole?

I’ll miss all of the spontaneity that comes with being in college, and with respect to UChicago specifically, I’ll miss the plethora of interesting people I would interact with on a day-to-day basis. This school fosters a unique environment that can’t be emulated in the real world, and I’ll likely miss that the most.

Looking back, is there anything you’d do differently here?

I wish I had gotten more plugged into the non-athletic community at UChicago. It was easy to fall into a rut of hanging out with mostly athletes, given that we spent so much time at Ratner. But I wish I had made more of an effort to get to know a more diverse group of people.

Any last words?

Just one last thank you to my family for all of their love and support over the years! Roll Roons!

The 2016-17 Senior Class: Alex Gustafson

Our ode to the 2016-17 seniors continue, this time highlighting Alex Gustafson’s career as a University of Chicago Maroon.

Gustafson, a 6-3 guard from Oak Park, has seen time in 32 games over his four years at UChicago. Averaging 1.0 point and 1.0 rebound a contest during this time, the senior had his fair share of trouble with injury. Although he participated in 22 contests as a freshman and sophomore, Gustafson was unfortunately sidelined only after five games during his junior year. Due to similar circumstances, he also only played in five matchups in the team’s 2016-17 campaign.

However, while on the court, Gustafson wasted no time being productive; as a freshman, he recorded 12 points and 9 rebounds against the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Despite being unable to see much time on the floor, the Illinois native still acted as a superb motivator for the rest of the squad. Whether from the bench at games, a participant during practice or just hanging out with teammates, Gustafson became a strong source of support for the Maroons. He was also named to the UAA All-Academic team two years in a row.

As he graduates this spring with a degree in Public Policy, Gustafson has already begun pursuing a job in financial services.

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Congratulations to Alex Gustafson for being a key member of the University of Chicago Maroons. His leadership both on and off of the court will be greatly missed, and we wish him nothing but the best of luck, moving forward!

Offseason Opportunities: Alex Gustafson

Alex Gustafson, Education and Training Intern at Belvedere Trading
Gustafson, on the brink of his senior year, is in his second year of work at Belvedere Trading.
“This summer, I am working as the Education and Training Intern at Belvedere Trading. I worked for Belvedere last summer and had a truly great experience, so I decided I wanted to come back and do it all over again.”
But there are still plenty of new things for Gustafson to learn this time around.
“I’m definitely looking forward to having a new role in the same company. I think it will hopefully help broaden my experience, while still enjoying the culture I already know I love, here at Belvedere.”

Q&A With Alex Gustafson

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Alex Gustafson, #20, Guard, 6’4, 185, Sophomore, Oak Park (Illinois)

Q: If you could only listen to one album for the next month, what would it be?

A: Anything Goes by Florida Georgia Line.

 Q: What is the best thing about your game, and what still needs improvement?

A: The best thing about my game is my ability to defend, and I need to improve my ball handling and shooting.

Q: If you could be anything in the world, what would you be? In other words, what is your dream job?

A: Working in the front office for the Chicago Bulls or Green Bay Packers.

 Q: In high school, you were most likely to what?

A: Hang out with my friends and family as much as I could.

 Q: What is the weirdest gift youve ever received?

A: A lederhosen.

 Q: What character from a television show or movie would you want to be best friends with and why?

A: Michael Scott from The Office because he’s easily the most unique character in television history.

 Q: What do you love most about the game of basketball?

A: I love the overall environment of being on a court. It’s really calming and is always a lot of fun.

 Q: Who do you play as in NBA2K?

A: The Golden State Warriors.

 Q: What is the best piece of advice youve ever gotten?

A: Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.

 Q: Where is your favorite place to eat in Hyde Park?

A: Chant.