Anthony Stover moved to Saint John in late 2015 to play basketball and fell in love with the city. At just over 7 feet tall Anthony is not hard to find in a crowd and always seems to be joking and having fun. Last season was Stovers first in the National Basketball League of Canada where he led the league in Blocks with 152 (Runner-Up had 69) and won Defensive Player of the Year. We recently had the opportunity to catch up with Anthony and ask him a few questions:
Where did you Grow Up?
I grew up in Pasadena, California which is just 15-20 minutes outside of Los Angeles. Pasadena is where I lived most of my childhood life before moving to LA for High school.
When did you start playing basketball?
I started when I was around 5 years old. At the time I played every sport but basketball was my passion and I eventually dropped all of the others.
What is your favourite basketball moment?
One of my personal favorite moments was during my time at UCLA. During the second round of the NCAA tournament I got a big block against Florida’s Erving Walker and it was exciting. Unfortunately we lost that game.
Who was the best player you played with or against?
I have been lucky enough to play with all types of great players in Summer leagues and pick up basketball around LA. I can’t pick one so to name a couple I’ll go with Klay Thompson, Russell Westbrook and Baron Davis.
What do you like most about playing in Saint John?
The fans! I love playing at Harbor Station in front of our great fans. The support they give us makes the games fun.
What is your goal for this Season?
I returned to Saint John with the goal of winning a championship. That what I want from this season and anything short will be disappointing for me personally. I also will be going after a consecutive defensive player of the year award.