Standout senior forward reflects on career at St. Joe’s
by Benjamin Fang
Feb 03, 2016 | 5010 views | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Four years ago, Michael Megafu came to St. Joseph’s College with a goal: change the program. And the senior forward has done just that.

Megafu, a Jamaica, Queens, native who attended Nazareth Regional High School in Brooklyn, is on the cusp of scoring 1,500 career points for the Bears. He already joined the 1,000 points/1,000 rebound club earlier this year.

Megafu has many other accolades. He’s a two-time USCAA Second Team All-American and three-time HVIAC honoree. He also helped lead St. Joseph’s to two USCAA National Championship appearances.

This season, he’s averaging 15.7 points, 11.1 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game.

We spoke to him about his accomplished career and his plans post-basketball.

Q: You’re in your fourth year at St. Joe’s. Can you describe what playing for this college and being part of this team has been like for you?

A: At first, looking back at the program, it wasn’t as prominent as it is now. It wasn’t on the radar, more or less. Coming into this school, I wanted to put it out on the map and try to elevate the school’s program. And over the past couple of years, we’ve been pretty successful. So it was a job well done. Most of the teammates that I’ve had, I’ve played against them in high school. So it was nice to see the same faces.

Q: In addition to the players and teammates that have helped you throughout the four years, can you talk about the coaches and how they have been part of your journey at St. Joe’s?

A: Coaches nowadays are more geared towards the numbers. They look for how they can improve in wins, they don’t really care about the players. But our coaching staff here at St. Joseph’s, they’re more oriented towards the players. They focus on how we can better ourselves off the court and on the court. And they are very lenient in terms of their time to us. They’re just not here for the two hours of practice. They’re here all the time. They are very available, whether you text them, call them. They’re always there to reach out and lend a helping hand. It’s great that we have a coaching staff that’s so supportive as ours. One of my coaches, he’s an assistant coach, and he’s actually a doctor. It’s amazing to have someone who has pursued what I’m trying to pursue too, as a future physician. The fact that he’s able to help me not only on the court, but help me in terms of how to apply to med school and how to go around with that entire process. It’s amazing to see someone who I envision to be, the way he is now.

Q: Can you talk about the progress you’ve made as both a player and as a person? A: As a player, just being able to face turmoil, go through situations that may not seem so well and to be able to learn from them; it’s not all about on the court. Having these guys off the court, building new relationships and bonds with them. That’s basically what it’s about.

Q: What aspects of your game have you improved the most, and how have you done it?

A: Maybe my ball-handling and the ability to find people. Trying to increase my assist-to-turnover ratio and looking for guys more. Being more of a facilitator.

Q: You’re now a member of the 1,000-points/1,000-rebounds club. What does that mean to you personally?

A: It’s a huge accomplishment. My floor runner, David Louison, a lot of people compare me to him and he’s a real role model for me, both on the court and off the court. It’s an honor to be part of that club with him. I knew him since my sophomore year of high school. Playing against him and being a freshman, he’s basically told me what to do, how to better my game, spending the off-season with him. He’s been a big help by his ability to reach out to me, both on and off the court, and all the practices and off-season sessions that we’ve had.

Q: Another accomplishment you’re closing in on is 1,500 career points. Is that something you’re looking forward to accomplishing?

A: Well, it’s not really all about the stats. The 1,500 will be a great accomplishment if I’m able to be blessed enough to achieve that. But it’s about winning, having fun and just enjoying the four years.

Q: Looking back at your career at St. Joseph’s, what are you most proud of? Are there any games or moments you look back at and point to as a favorite?

A: It’s always fun to play against our rival campus, St. Joseph’s Patchogue in Long Island. It’s always an honor to play against our guys at Brooklyn College, too. I really appreciate those games. Over the years, playing against Berkeley has been tough but my sophomore year, we were successful. We beat Vaughn College my sophomore year. It was good to be able to make the championship round almost every year. Looking back at it, I’m just happy. It’s hard to win a championship. The fact that I was able to accomplish it says a lot.

Q: What are you looking forward to next as the season continues?

A: Well, I’m just trying to enjoy every moment, not to skip or run ahead. I have three or four more home games left, a couple more season games and that’s it. We’re trying to make the playoffs. Just be focused and try to win and concentrate on each game at a time. We’ll see what the future holds.

Q: What do you think will go through your head at the last home game?

A: It’s definitely going to be sad. I’m a very emotional person so I know it will be sad. Hopefully I won’t cry, but it will definitely be sad, for sure.

Q: What about after the season?

A: I’m just trying to be a doctor. Maybe teach. Just trying to work, do whatever I can. Still be supportive of St. Joseph’s for sure. Just enjoy life.

Q: Do you have any last comments?

A: Just the fact that St. Joseph’s College is a small school, and we’re not really looked heavily upon, but something so small can have something so big. That’s one thing I really want to point out about St. Joseph’s.

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