Every since I can remember, I have been in a gym. My dad has been a high school coach my whole life. It has influenced me to not just play the game of basketball, but also to study it. Playing the game of basketball has taught me a lot of things. I have learned what it means to be disciplined and how that translates outside of the game. Unity and leadership are key parts of playing the game. In watching my father coach teams, I understand the importance of teammates and how it takes everyone to make your team successful. I have become a leader through basketball by wanting to share my knowledge of the game and help my teammates get better as well. My teachers saw this in me at an early age and recommended me to be in the Gifted and Talented Program at my school in Leadership. This has translated into my high school team and my AAU team where my coaches/teammates look for me to be a leader. This high school season was a challenge for me and my team due to the fact that we graduated 9 seniors after winning the region. I was playing my first year of full time varsity with teammates who didn't have any experience either. As a sophomore, my leadership skills kicked in and instinctively I became the vocal kid in practice even with being one of the youngest. My coaches used me at all 5 positions throughout the season because I could run them and knew how to play each position.
My goals are to go to a school that will help me develop both athletically and academically. I want to play basketball at any level and at a school that I will fit with. I do enjoy the outdoors whether it is working in landscaping or doing activities such as hunting and fishing. With these activities, learning about discipline from basketball has helped me with patience in hunting and fishing. I continue to work to learn new skills even if they don't come easy at first. My determination will help me continue to improve my basketball skills with each workout.