Six-foot-nine Landry good fit for Trojans
He may be new to the Trojans, but Sean Landry is no rookie.
With almost 20 years of basketball experience, he knows his way around the court.
Born and raised in Calgary, Landry lived and dreamed basketball growing up. Of course, it helped that his size fit the bill.
“I was tall, so that made sense,” says Landry, who is now six-foot-nine and weighs 240 pounds. “I’ve always been around (basketball) and always had fun playing it.”
Basketball may also be printed on his genetic code. His mom played on the junior national team and his brother is currently on the national team.
“Basketball has always been my favourite sport,” says Landry, who played other sports but committed to basketball in 2002.
“It’s a way to unwind and relax, be competitive and have fun. (I enjoy) the social aspect of it.”
After graduating high school, Landry played for the University of Calgary as a red shirt for the Dinos. That’s where he first encountered Trojans head coach Mike Stevens, who was also playing for the U of C at the time. Once Landry’s first year wrapped up, he decided to take time off from post-secondary studies.
But it wouldn’t be long until he was back in the classroom and back on the court.
In 2005 Landry enrolled at Mount Royal University where he played for the Cougars for one season. Next, he jumped to the University of Manitoba, where he spent two not-so-great years.
“(Manitoba) wasn’t the best situation for me,” says Landry. “I ended up leaving there and taking another year off.”
Landry finally came to SAIT in September 2009, but put basketball aside to focus all his attention on his studies.
“I’m getting older and I needed to focus on school and make sure I do well there,” he says.
Now Landry, 26, is in his final semester at SAIT, and he’s ready to be part of the Trojans for the remainder of the 10/11 season.
With his history under the net, Stevens says Landry understands what is expected of him.
“His size, skill and experience are something any team can use,” says Stevens. “His ability to adapt has helped all our posts become more effective.
“It is rare to get a player of Sean’s skill and experience.”
Now well into the season, Landry is playing an important role for the Trojan men’s team.
“My job is to be the big man,” says Landry.
“When I get the ball I have to decide what to do with it, my role is to be a good inside presence for the team.”
As for his future, he’s not one to over think the things he can’t control. “I take situations as they come and live in the moment.”