I am a 6’6, 200 pound, fifteen year old playing varsity basketball. Basketball is my passion and I will do whatever I need to do academically, physically and mentally to be successful. My goal is to play basketball at the college level, while studying business and psychology.
Because I can play with my back to the basket, have a fast first step and am very good in the paint, I play mostly center and power forward for my high school and Club teams. I also have a very good 3-point shot. That said, I will play where ever my team needs me.
I have grown about 3 inches a year, have size 16 feet and am expected to be 6’8 to 6’10. In my younger years, my body was busy growing, making bones and muscles just to support my frame, I hadn’t fully grown into it yet (still haven’t). It seemed like I had to work 3 times as hard as my friends just to get to achieve their athletic level. It was a very frustrating time. While I was stronger, they were quicker and more nibble. It would take me and my body time to catch up and exceed them. I am now able to do what they cannot. My earlier years of struggle continue to reside in my heart and mind, pushing me to work harder than everyone else, to be the first to practice and the last to leave, constantly striving to be better than yesterday and be worthy of recognition.
Last year, I broke the freshman rebounding record. I averaged 12 rebounds and 16 points a game. Often times, I was double and triple teamed. I am most effective in the paint, but can play on the perimeter as well. At the high school level, I expect to continue to be a leader on the court and off, to make an impact on my school and on the court and to improve my game every year.
I strive to make my team the best it can be, whether that is encouraging my teammates, helping them with their form or a play or getting after them for goofing around. I have been the team captain and I believe it has more to do with more than just basketball ability, but with my loyalty, dedication, perseverance, everyday work ethic and camaraderie that the coaches recognize.
My goal is to find the right fit for college, where I can excel academically and athletically, to impact the team and achieve success in life.
Thank you for your consideration.