My 7th grade year I didn't make the junior high team, our varsity coach come to me a week later and asked me to play for him. That was when I decided I might not have been the most skilled, but I will be the hardest worker.
I believe this carried off the court as well. I've been an honors student since 6th grade. With some of the top scores in school. The more I play basketball, the more I fall in love with the sport, and I want nothing more than to continue it after high school.