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Southwest Orange Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018 1 year ago

Sports Spotlight - Windermere Observer: Eric Canavan

Windermere High boys basketball junior forward Eric Canavan had a strong summer that included earning a scholarship offer from Rollins College in Winter Park.
by: Steven Ryzewski Senior Sports Editor

Eric Canavan got his first taste of varsity basketball as a sophomore with the Windermere High Wolverines, and he followed that this summer with his first taste of the AAU circuit. A strong showing for the CP25 team he played for garnered interested from several college programs and a scholarship offer from Rollins College in Winter Park.


What was it like to learn you had earned your first offer?

When we went there for the camp, I had no idea after that I would be offered from Rollins. I was very excited — they gave me a tour of the campus, and it was beautiful.


What do you think you have done well this summer?

I think that I’ve been getting a little more confidence in my game, considering I’ve never played AAU — this is my first summer playing AAU. So, I feel like I’ve just gotten a lot more confident, and I’m looking forward to better seasons.


What technical elements of your game are you working to improve?

I’m working on my three-point shot, so I can add more range to my shot. And then I’m working on ball-handling.

What was it like to be a part of Windermere High’s first basketball season?

Last season was very fun. It was my first year being on varsity, and everyone on the team — we all got along well.


Is there a game or two that stands out?

The home game against West Orange, for sure, where we beat them and the crowd was crazy — our side and their side. And then the Olympia game, when we won within the last four minutes. 


Are there any professional or college players you admire or try to emulate?

I really like Kyrie Irving — he’s a fun player to watch, with how he handles the ball and his basketball IQ on the floor. A player that I think is like me is Kevin Love, but before he went to the (Cleveland) Cavs, when he was on the Timberwolves. He wasn’t just a spot-up shooter, then — he could do things on the floor.


What drew you to basketball?

My dad, Jay Canavan, he played basketball in high school and college.


What do you think you would like to do for a career?

I would like to go into business or finance, maybe work as an accountant. I’m good at numbers, and I can’t see myself going into a medical field or anything like that. Finance is the best thing that pops into my head.


What’s your favorite place to grab a bite?

Chick-fil-A. My mom should have stock in Chick-fil-A. I go probably a couple times a week, and whenever I go, I get a 12-count nugget meal and an extra chicken sandwich.

Steven Ryzewski is the Senior Sports Editor for, as well as all three of Observer Media Group's print publications in Orange County. He is a graduate of the University of Central Florida....

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