My name is Jahlijah Grant and I started playing basketball when I was 9 yrs old when I was in grade school. Since then my aspirations was to play High school basketball and now to move on to the next level to play College basketball and to get better each and every day. I feel that when I play against older competition my game evolves and makes me feel more comfortable.
I’m very much looking forward to having an opportunity to play basketball at the next level. My main focus right now is to make sure all my grades are up to standards to pursue a career after basketball in Sport Management or Sports Medicine. My older brother once told me “that his Principal told him to be a sponge and not a rock work.” So I’ m taking my time to apply this in my life to take in all the information around me to be a better person where I can apply that on and off the court. My parents are big on manners, respect and self-principle to respect others. As I have seen for myself that respect does bring respect, so I am thankful each day to learn from my teachers, coaches and my peers.
One of my greatest personal achievement is when I started High School my school had two teams Gold and Purple team. I knew I was good enough to play for the Gold team but I was not selected to do so. I felted cheated, so I knew I had to work harder for what I wanted. My teammates and I took the Purple team to four different finals Championships, we won two and loss two. I was name MVP in one tournament and I averaged 25 pts, 5-6 rebounds and just under 10 assists per game.
What I’ve learned about myself is that the more you put in is the more you get out even while facing all sorts of challenges so I set new goals for myself and keep going. I’ve learned that I’m not afraid to compete regardless of the competition, I feel that when the competition is better that’s when I get better and I like that. My goal is to continue learning and trying my best to be adaptable regardless of the situation and to keep working hard and being a sponge