The PUC Athletics Department is recognizing senior student athlete Allan Santos for his perseverance and leadership this season.
Santos grew up in San Francisco, California where he was exposed to sports at a young age. He experimented with a number of different sports until he realize that he wanted to stick with basketball.
“Basketball was my first love and no sport ever compared,” Santos said. “Basketball stood out to me just because of the constant excitement. Every second of the game something is happening and it’s just so lively.”
Growing up, Santos admired and studied some of the best to every play. Players like Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan and Allen Iverson brought energy to the court that Santos admired and he works hard to compete with the same fight as some of his idols.
Allan journeyed through the early stages of his playing career unharmed, until he suffered a torn ACL during his junior year of high school.
“When I tore my ACL I missed the entire season and that was really difficult for me. IT was my first serious injury and I was worried that I would never be able to play again.”
During his time out Allan decided that he would bounce back from the injury and fulfill his dream of playing once again. He spent extensive hours in the gym doing physical therapy exercises and weight training until he was able to make a resurgence during his senior season.
After his high school career, Santos decided to attend College of Marin in the San Francisco area. He experienced a successful two year career before leaving to come to PUC.
“I felt like PUC was the best fit for me. When I had come on my visit I thought that it would be a good team to play for and I could have a major role on the team.”
Santos had lived at home for all of his academic career and admitted that the move to Angwin worried him at first.
“The hardest thing about coming to PUC was moving away from home and just adjusting to the lifestyle on campus.” he said.
When he arrived on campus for preseason workouts his work ethic and commitment to defense immediately impressed the coaching staff. He instantly became a rotation player during his junior season and was able to work his way up to a starter for his senior campaign.
A newly crowned captain, Santos was improving and getting to know his new teammates when early into his final year, tragedy struck again and he suffered a fractured foot on a road trip in Southern California that kept him out for half of the season.
“When I fractured my foot this season, I was really heartbroken. I had high hopes for my senior season and never imagined that I would be injured. Luckily, I was able to get back on the court for the second half of the season and had a solid year.”
His impact upon returning proved to be invaluable as he provided another ball handler and leader for the team on the court. He came through for the team in numerous late game situations making big plays that would help the Pioneers to their best record in school history.
Beyond the court, Santos is a Pioneer in the classroom as well. He leads the men's basketball program with the highest GPA and will graduate from PUC with academic honors.
Santos enjoys spending his free time with his family, friends and girlfriend and shares a common love for travel with everyone in his family. He will be graduating with his degree in business administration in fall 2016 and will look to dive into the world of business and be successful.