I really got my passion for basketball when I was on my middle school traveling team. Our coaches pushed us every day to be the best that we could be. They had the motto PRIDE, which stands for P-passion, R-respect, I-intensity, D-desire, and E-effort. We played using this motto. We also gave "110% effort, 100% of the time." Our middle school traveling team was very successful, but it was for a couple of reasons. We had amazing coaches that believed in us. Also, everyone wanted to improve and push each other each and every day. Our main team goal was to win the Wisconsin State Invitational Championship Tournament. Unfortunately, we fell just short of this goal each year. We had two 5th place finishes, a 3rd place finish, and a 2nd place finish, losing in the championship game by 2 points. Each year we were very upset that we didn't reach our goal, but this taught me that in order to be the best, you can never give up, and you have to push yourself and your teammates. Even though we didn't get first place, I still received the individual award of being voted onto the all-state tournament team in 7th grade. This award was voted on by other coaches at the tournament, so it was an honor to be selected. Because we never accomplished our team goal in middle school, I am now striving to accomplish this goal in high school. I know that I need to put in the time and continue to work hard so I can be the best that I can be.
I have been very fortunate that I have had great coaches and teammates along the way. I have learned many things throughout my basketball career such as leadership, respect, teamwork, and work ethic. I have always strived to be the best defensive player on the team because I know that defense wins championships. I know that no matter what, I need to continue to improve. I want to be part of a successful collegiate basketball program while still maintaining a good grade point average in my field of study. I believe I have the skills and leadership to help the team succeed. I play with passion, heart, and desire each and every time I step onto the court. If something isn't going right, I have to keep a positive attitude and get back to the basics. I know I must put in 110% effort for everything I do, no matter if it is athletics, or in school.