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International student impressed by community support of Whitworth basketball

Alberto de Miguel, '18, is a health science major and international student. Born and raised in Madrid, de Miguel moved to America when he was 18 years old. After attending a prep school in Massachusetts during his first year in America, Alberto was recruited by Whitworth for the basketball team. The team currently includes six international students, representing Germany, New Zealand, Australia and Spain.

"I chose Whitworth because it seemed to be the best fit for me both academically and athletically," de Miguel says. "From the moment I stepped on campus for my official visit, I knew I wanted to be here and to be a part of this program."

De Miguel began playing basketball when he was 6 years old.

Alberto De Miguel holds a basketball with one hand. He holds the ball toward the camera and smiles.

"It all started one day after classes when my best friend's dad asked me if I wanted to try out for his basketball team, probably because I was the tallest kid in the class," de Miguel says. "After I played the first time, I fell in love with the game and have played it ever since."

This is de Miguel's third year playing for the Bucs.

"My experience on the team has been fantastic so far," de Miguel says. "My teammates and coaching staff are a big part of that. I can count on them for anything and we always have each other's back. Furthermore, we are incredibly fortunate to be a part of such a successful program that receives support and love everywhere where we go from students and the surrounding community."

De Miguel's love of basketball was a constant in his move from Madrid to America. However, he did have to make some cultural adjustments.

"I would say that the biggest cultural shock was adapting to the meal schedule," de Miguel says. "In Spain, lunch doesn't usually start until 2 or 3 in the afternoon and dinner can start as late as 9 or 10 p.m. Getting used to eating 3 or 4 hours earlier than I was accustomed was definitely a struggle."

After graduating from Whitworth, de Miguel plans to gain experience for grad school and to apply to a healthcare master's-degree program. He is leaning toward becoming a physician assistant or pursuing physical therapy.