Jesus Christ and my relationship with him means more to me than any basketball game. Certainly, I love the sport and its culture, but my life does not revolve around the game. There are many more important things in life, though it might sound odd coming from an athlete, than the game of basketball. For me, those things are Jesus Christ, my family, my teammates, my friends, and my studies. This does not mean any coach I play for will not see my best effort. On the contrary, it is because I play for those people that I constantly put forward my best effort.
Basketball has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. I was raised on the hard-nosed, blue-collar basketball tradition of my family and never really gave another thought as to why I played the game until my junior season of high school basketball. In my Junior season, I suffered a horrific ankle injury that had me questioning the reasons why I did what I did and played what I played. After rehabilitation, I returned to the court with a newfound appreciation for the time I've been given to play the game I love. It all can disappear within the blink of an eye and so I do not want to waste a second.
With those things in mind, I've always dreamed of becoming a college basketball player. As I have grown on the court it has become apparent college basketball takes a tremendous amount of hard work and dedication. By no means am I the flashiest player but I do my best to get the job done and support my teammates at the same time. I put a large emphasis on defense and the mental aspect of basketball in my own personal game. I have experience in every position on the floor and have found that in recent years the ability to post up as a guard/wing has come in handy. I may not always be more athletic than my opponent but I believe I can always out-smart them and out-heart them. I count it a privilege to play the game and I look forward to what the future has in store.