My name is Grant Filippi and I’m a senior at Christian Life High School in Rockford, IL. I’ve played basketball since 4th grade and my dream is to play at the college level and get a college education.
I started high school as a 5’2” point guard, but then hit a growth spurt and now I’m 6’4” and still growing! I’ve kept my speed as I’ve grown and last year I joined the Track Team for the sole purpose of benefiting my basketball game. That was my initial motivation but I ended up loving track so I competed again this year. I have a personal record of 6’0” in the High Jump and 53 seconds in the 400m. Since joining the Track Team I’ve taken 1st place in the High Jump at 4 meets and this year I made Conference High Jump Champion twice! I was also voted MVP of the Track Team.
I had a very good Senior Basketball Season as well! I led my team in 3 point shooting percentage (42.5%) and was voted Defensive Player of the Year by my coaches for the 2nd year in a row! My coach believes I led the conference in blocked shots. We haven’t received official verification from the IHSA yet, but either way, I love blocking shots! (as you’ll see in my highlight video)
I have good positional height and length, I’m very fast and have exceptional ball-handling skills, especially for 6’4”. I’m also a serious jumper. I believe I’m an unselfish player and being a great defensive player is as important to me as scoring. From Freshman year, I’ve spent most days after school in the weight room, on the basketball court and out on the running track until 8PM. I also have worked twice a week for over a year with Illinois Basketball Hall of Fame point guard Danny McLarty on guard skills and strength training.
To be honest, because basketball has been such a focus for me, I’ve never really put a lot effort into my grades. Because of that, for my first 3 years of high school I earned a 2.57 GPA (although I never failed a class or missed a game due to academic ineligibility). Last summer I got connected with NCSA and CaptainU and went to a couple of their showcases. The college coaches there made it clear that getting good grades is important to getting recruited, so, when Senior year started I made up my mind to get to work on my grades. My GPA for the 1st semester was 3.3 and I’m on track to do the same for the 2nd semester, (or hopefully even a little higher).
If I had it to do over again I would have put more time into my grades from the start, but I don’t regret all the extra time and work that went into my game and my athleticism.
I believe I would be a great asset to your team first and foremost because of my work ethic.
I also enjoy sharing that work ethic and encouraging teammates to get into the weight room and on the practice court with me. I have worked every season with some of the “newer” members of my team to help them improve, so I believe I bring out the best in my teammates.
My work ethic grows out of my faith in God and I work hard to refine the gifts He’s given me. It’s also important to me to be a man of character so you won’t have any issues with me “off the court”.
Though I haven’t made my mind up yet, I’m leaning toward majoring in Criminal Justice/Psychology! I’ve always had a heart for the outcast and the underdog, so being equipped to help people that have had a hard time in life is important to me. I would love the opportunity to talk with you about the possibility of going to your school and being a part of your team. Please check out my Senior season highlight video: