The basketball season is under way and there are some new athletes bringing their talents to the court.

Transfer student Andrew Beatty is one of those new to the basketball program this year.

In the Boxer’s first win of the season against Cal Lutheran in Hawaii, Beatty put up 11 points, six rebounds and five assists.

The junior guard is a transfer student from Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon, Washington. Beatty has been playing basketball for 15 years. He said that his time playing basketball has never been just about the game.

“Being able to grow relationships with your team and coaches is probably the best part of it all, going out there to play is always fun but the opportunities you share with your team are great,” Beatty said.

That idea of building relationships goes for this team as well as for Beatty. He said of his Boxer teammates, “As far as the team goes we have all become like brothers and enjoy being around each other.”

Beatty said at first he was not sure about attending Pacific, but he could not pass up the opportunity to play basketball and get a good education from such an academically strong university. He chose Pacific to get a chance to play at the collegiate level, which was a dream of his and his father’s.

He said he was comfortable with going into a program with a new coach as well.

“The thing I have learned to pick up over my years of playing sports is all the new coaches I have had to play for, I learned to understand that for every coach I would have to try and build a good, sound relationship with them,” Beatty said.

Beatty is optimistic about how the season will play out this year.

“I feel that we will continue to improve and we will start being pretty successful.”

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