Hey coaches, and basketball programs,
My name is Jeremy Perez and playing college basketball at any colligiate level has been a goal for me since as far back as I can remember. Basketball has turned into a passion of mine, and also a way to manage my adhd and give me structure and manage my self control in life. It got me through a stressful and hard time during my junior year, loosing the one person who I talked to the most and who helped me get through difficult situations. My father who had moved away was my outlet to talk to about all my problems, and I didn't really have that anymore, and didn't really know how to handle it. This is when I really turned to basketball as a substitute and kept to myself. My junior year is when I realized I really did want to continue and play basketball after High School, I wanted to continue to the next level of competitiveness. I am a gym rat, and is the only way I know to improve or better myself and others. Usually I only workout by myself, or prefer to due to the fact that others do not take practicing as seriously as I do or do not put fourth all their effort. At the age of 17 and a graduate from High School from 17, I believe I have still matured more than those my age and older. I tend to be more serious and less joking than a lot of teammates and classmates, which people may joke about with me because I take some jokes a bit literal as well. I am more of a slashing guard, and hustle for rebounds and try setting up my teammates for open looks off jab step moves which is something I work on a lot. Also my mid range game is pretty well but can use work, and my 3-point shot is something I've been trying to improve over the last year. I tend to pass first and believe others may say I may pass too much at times. For example, if I get by a defender instead of focusing on trying to get the layup, I tend to sometimes look for someone maybe at the 3-point line who could be wide open if the defense collapses and his man comes down to double team me on a drive, or a defender sags off his man for help defense. This is something I constantly work on now, trying to draw a line between good and bad passes in different situations. I love taking advice from everyone I play against, and just try and improve my game in different aspects, as I learn from mistakes people have pointed out, or from playing against others. I listen and help others during practices and just try to be an extension of the coach on the court, whether it's a practice or game. I also ask the coach and teammates to watch me during practices to see if I could make a better move in different situations, or if they see any type of improvement I can make in my game. If I am confused on a play or what the coach asks of us I won't hesitate to ask questions even if others may laugh if it is a silly question that everyone already was aware of the answer. I believe it's also helpful to others who maybe didn't clearly understand what the coach had explained but won't speak up. I get a bit frustrated at times as well with my teammates. They irritated me a little because my team isn't very good or well known, partly because of the level of dedication and teamwork from teammates. This is something I've been trying to change and have progressed with my team heavily since freshman year. Over the summer I finally got people together to workout and play as a team, and am feeling a bit more confident about this upcoming season. Team chemistry is something I've been going on about for the last couple of years with my teammates and I believe this season will be quite different from the last three. Also something I want to make clearly known is that I need help evolving my game to the next level. I just need to be under the wing of someone with knowledge of the game at the college level. I just want to learn and expand my tools and moves I can use in games. I am a team player and try to get everyone involved, spaced out, and constantly moving. I hope to add value to your roster through hard work, I'll be the last one out of the gym, and the first one in. I want to put in as much work possible under the supervision of someone who can constantly improve and push me to the next level. Someone who knows how to correct my footwork, different ways of driving in and trying to draw contact for a foul. Improving my shot mechanics, and most importantly my IQ, because I play point a lot for my school but I know that my vision and thinking can improve heavily. Thanks for the taking the time and considering even giving me a chance on a roster spot. I won't let you down and hope to be in contact with you, and find out your needs from me, whether it's even just being a practice player. I welcome competition for it can only improve the team and I!!!!
Greatly appreciate the opportunity!!!!