Senior Q&A: Jack Trotter

As the year winds down for this year's senior class, The Bootleg's Kevin Danna was able to grab a few minutes with each of them as they count down their final games in a Stanford uniform. Next up to discuss his life and times on The Farm - Jack Trotter!

The Bootleg: So Mr. President, how were your first 100 days in office?
Jack Trotter: Oh what a question…It's been good. It's been tough at times, kind of bouncing both basketball and presidential stuff, but it's been good. We've had some great events, great turnout, the class seems to be enjoying our presidency.

TB: How often do your basketball and class president schedules conflict?
JT: In the fall, there wasn't really any. And then winter, obviously we're traveling every other weekend so we've had a few weekend events that I haven't been able to go to because I'm on the road. But there are three other presidents to pick up the slack, so it's been nice.

TB: What made you decide to run for senior class president in the first place?
JT: So I really wasn't thinking about it, and then a friend-  one of my co-presidents - Facebook messaged me, out of all things, and asked me if I thought about running. And to be honest I hadn't, but the more I thought about it, it just seemed like a great way to do some public service, get some leadership experience, and give back to Stanford University and the community and the class, because all of those things have done so much for me.

TB: Any more politics in your future?
JT: Not in the immediate future, certainly. My dad's a small-town politician, but no, no immediate desire to go in that direction.

TB: Did that impact your decision at all?
JT: No, actually. That didn't really come up until we submitted the paper and I was like, "wow, I'm running for office; my dad is in office, this is kinda cool" but really, that didn't factor in.

TB: You have your degree in economics; you're getting your Master's in MS&E (Management Science and Engineering). What do you plan on doing with your degrees?
JT: So I already have a job lined up in San Francisco next year with a management consulting firm, so in the immediate post-graduation years - 2-3 years maybe - I'll be doing that. And then after that, maybe looking at going back to business school, stringing a few more letters onto the end of my name with degrees, but that's not really what it's about. Consulting in the short term, business school, and then really hopefully I'll know what I want to do for the rest of my career.

TB: Let's move on to basketball… I gotta ask - did Derrick Williams foul you?
JT: Absolutely. He didn't even touch the ball.

TB: Where did he get you?
JT: So I'm going up to dunk, and he basically grabs my left arm, pulls it off. I missed, and the great thing is the guy who sits across from our bench- he's a big Stanford fan-  always takes pictures. So I actually have a picture of him fouling me, and unfortunately that doesn't really matter, does it?

TB: What about some other moments; better moments, favorite moments that you have from your time here at Stanford as far as games that stick out in your mind?
JT: I think beating Cal and Washington at home last year. Those were big games, big moments, team wins, which was awesome. Going back to freshman year, Senior Night for those guys. I didn't actually play, but we beat USC in a very emotional game. Kenny Brown came off the bench and contributed, and it was a real good atmosphere. And other than that, just being around the guys. I've been lucky enough to be teammates with a lot of great guys. Just a lot of great little experiences with my teammates have been awesome.

TB: You mentioned your freshman year and the win against USC, but I'll never forget your free throws at Yale. Was that kind of a "Hey, I'm a BCS college basketball player!" moment for you?
JT: That was pretty wild, to be honest, because I didn't expect to necessarily play, certainly not as a freshman coming in as a walk-on. And then to get in that first game and go 2-2 from the line, that was definitely an ego boost. It definitely kind of showed me, look, I'm on the team, I can contribute.

TB: How nervous were you? I believe those two were your first heaves at the basket of your collegiate career.
JT: Yeah, I was pretty stiff, actually. So that was kind of mainly why I was nervous. And then obviously, the opportunity to get the first points of my collegiate career. But obviously I wasn't that stiff.

TB: Did it feel good coming off?
JT: Yeah, yeah. It was kind of a big moment - there was some pressure. It was close, it was on the road, so it was a good experience.

TB: What was that sophomore year like, being one of two players to start every game and stepping up in a big way with all the injuries and departures?
JT: Just playing aside such a great player in Landry Fields, that was an awesome experience. Obviously he is kicking butt in the league with the Knicks right now. But just playing with him on a daily basis and practice and games; that was just an amazing experience. And I thought if a few games ended a little differently, we could have done things that year, but it ended up not being that successful of a year. But it was a great experience, just playing alongside Landry, Drew and Emmanuel Igbinosa.

TB: Tell me a little about what it was like on that team, because you take a look at the roster and it wasn't maybe the most talented that Stanford had seen, but this was a team that had a bulldog mentality. Damn near beat Kentucky and really competed hard in the Pac-10 conference.
JT: Yeah, everyone gave it their all on that team. Like I said, you beat Kentucky, you beat Arizona, a couple of close games, Oklahoma State early, Oral Roberts early. We had an opportunity to have some momentum going into Pac-10 play. We did fight; we probably up and down the roster weren't the most talented team in the league, but we weren't really blown out by anybody that whole year.

TB: What about that Arizona State win in the Pac-10 tournament to end their tournament hopes?
JT: That was awesome because they had gotten us at home a couple of weeks before and getting a chance to send them out of the NCAA tournament and Pac-10 tournament, that was just a great win, a great team win.

TB: You got Cal coming up. How big would it be to win your Senior game against your rival?
JT: I think it's a great opportunity. The Cal game, Cal-Stanford, it's a rivalry, despite what Jorge Gutierrez might say, it is a rivalry. And especially growing up in this area, I know how much it matters and then the added value from Senior Night. It's a great opportunity to get a great win in Maples and put a cap on the regular season.

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