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Which player drinks Dr. Pepper before every game? Whose high school nickname was “puppy dog”? What does water polo have to do with anything? Here are the quirks, customs, and quasi-secrets of five Northeastern basketball players.

Player: Caleb DonnellyDonnelly_Caleb

Position: Guard

Height: 6’1

Weight: 181 pounds

Class: Redshirt junior

Hometown: Hudson, New Hampshire

Nickname: Donnelly posted big num­bers for Northeastern’s club team, quickly earning the nick­name “Agent Smooth” in honor of his deft scoring touch. In high school, his friends referred to him as “puppy dog”—a smaller version of his 6-foot-6-inch, 300-pound older brother, who was known as “big dog.”

Pre-game meal: Chicken Parmesan with penne pasta.

Music: Donnelly’s favorite artists include Eminem and Blink 182, but he’s taken to listening to Billy Joel’s “Piano Man” in pre-game warm-ups. “It helps me stay relaxed and in the zone.”

If not basketball: Donnelly was thrice named team MVP of his high cross-country team. “Basketball is my favorite sport,” he said, “but I used to be better at running.”

Favorite NCAA tournament moment: When he’s not fine-​​​​tuning his 3-​​​​point stroke, Don­nelly is studying game film. He recently re-watched high­lights from NBA sharp­shooter Stephen Curry’s mas­terful run in the 2008 NCAA tour­na­ment, where he scored 128 points in four games. “Some people like watching movies,” he said. “I like watching games.”

Player: Scott EathertonEatherton_Scott

Position: Forward

Height: 6’9

Weight: 234 pounds

Class: Redshirt senior

Hometown: Hershey, Pennsylvania

Music: “I don’t have a favorite song. I listen to a variety of stuff.”

Favorite food: Grilled BBQ chicken with ranch and rice pilaf. “I eat it three times a week. It’s easy to make.”

If not basketball: Eatherton played ice hockey until his freshman year of high school. “My dad coached me when I was younger,” he said, “and when I got older I had to choose between hockey and basketball.” Good choice.

NCAA moment: When No. 14 Bucknell defeated No. 3 Kansas in 2005. “I’ve always watched March Madness,” Eatherton said. “It’s always exciting when the Cinderella teams knock off the top teams.”

Player: Quincy FordFord_Quicny

Position: Forward/Guard

Height: 6’8

Weight: 225 pounds

Class: Redshirt junior

Hometown: St. Petersburg, Florida

Nickname: Ford’s most common nickname among his teammates is “Q,” although some call him “Q man.”

Music: His taste in music depends on the day. Recently he’s been listening to gospel and rap to get pumped up before games.

If not basketball: Ford joked that he could play water polo, for which he certainly has the height and strength. But while his father played soccer, Ford noted that he’d most likely play football.

Favorite NCAA tournament moment: One of the greatest moments in NCAA tournament history was Kansas’ Mario Chalmers’ 3-point shot with 2.1 seconds left in the 2008 championship game against Memphis. The bucket tied the game at 63 and propelled the Jayhawks to victory. “That game was crazy,” Ford recalled.

Player: Reggie SpencerSpencer_Reggie

Position: Forward

Height: 6’7

Weight: 222 pounds

Class: Senior

Hometown: Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Nickname: “They call me ‘Country.’”

Food: Fried pork chops.

If not basketball: Track, either discus throw or triple jump.

Player: David WalkerWalker_David

Position: Guard

Height: 6’6

Weight: 196 pounds

Class: Junior

Hometown: Stow, Ohio

Nickname: Some Northeastern fans have taken to calling him “Skywalker,” an apt sobriquet for a player known for his high-flying dunks.

Pre-game beverage: “Everyone knows I need my Dr. Pepper.”

If not basketball: When he was younger, Walker played football and probably would have remained on the gridiron if not for his basketball prowess. What position would he play? Wide receiver.

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