I have played organized basketball since 3rd grade and some years on two teams at the same time. I love to play basketball today even more than when I started. I thrive on being pushed physically and mentally in practice; it increases my drive and makes me a stronger player. My philosophy is that the same effort must be put in at practice as in the games, or you will play as you practice.
I am a Freshman at Webster Schroeder High School in upstate NY. My grades show that I am focused and dedicated to my academics. I also play school volleyball and played AAU lacrosse for three years as a goalie.
My teammates are like family on both my school and AAU teams. I communicate on the court, and I am the first person off the bench congratulating my teammates and cheering them on or off the bench. Being a self-starter, along with my strong work ethic, makes me a positive and valuable addition to any team.
I received the Bob Avalone C.A.R.E. Award, which is given to the student that demonstrates consistently these four qualities: Cooperation, Accountability, Respect, and Excellence. This award is voted on by the faculty of the school and only one student per grade receives this award for the year. I’m also a member of the Junior National Honor Society.
At the high school level, I primarily play center, however, on my AAU team my position is forward/wing. My AAU coach believed that there were enough talented players in the Greater Rochester area to make a team that could compete against other elite teams, and I was recruited by him three years ago.
Defense is as important as offense. My physicality, in and out of the paint, takes my opponents out of their game. I always go on the floor for a loose ball and hustle the entire game. Blocking a shot or stealing the ball is as important as scoring. Passing to one of my teammates for a score is as satisfying as scoring myself.