School has always been important to me, because without proper education you can't meet the needs required to be a student-athlete. Whether it's AAU or high school basketball, the experience and knowledge I've gained from the sport has taught me many life lessons. Growing up basketball was an outlet for me to express emotions that I couldn't express no where else. Coming from a sport-oriented family I gained interest in the sport through watching my older brother play and from there my love for it grew even more. My passion to lead and help others not only on the court but off the court also defines who I am as a person. I've always seen other kids not take their education seriously because they felt "good enough" to go without it but me, I always took my studies seriously whether its being up late on a school night or staying after school to meet with my teachers, I always made sure to understand the information presented to me. Not only can you depend on me, but my determination will always strive me and my teammates to greater heights with any challenged I am faced with.