Growing up as a kid, I wanted to be as active as possible. School came first, and I always did very well in school. As well as being engaged in my school work, I also engaged in many activities because I didn't know what I wanted to do for a living. I skateboarded, played football, took soccer lessons, and I even tried music, but those things didn't live inside of me. When I was 12 1/2 years old, I wanted to try basketball and see how that would work out, and I automatically fell in love. I never felt so in sync with anything I've tried before. But that love for the sport was almost lost, as people criticized me for my play and said I would never make it anywhere. I would cry to my mother every day because I felt like I was getting bullied, and sometimes I wanted to give up because I felt I wasn't good enough. But my mother told me that criticizing is only going to make me better and that I needed to be mentally tougher. Hearing those words, I would practice at the park early in the morning and work on everything I could for hours. I saw tremendous results, and people I grew up with in basketball have seen those results as well. People still criticize me today, only to see that not only did I make the Freshman team, but I also won the City Championship. At this point in time, giving up isn't an option, in terms of school and basketball, and if you recruit me, my hard work ethic, dedication, and leadership in class and on the court will be an extremely successful decision you make.