I think it’s a difficult thing to talk about yourself. I’m not the kind of person that seeks attention or basks in the spotlight. I like to think that I help my teammates on the court to reach their potential, so I can smile quietly while they have “their moment in the spotlight”.
My High School Coach has described me as a “gym rat”. I’m always the first one at practice and the last to leave. I often wake up at 5:30 am so I can get to practice early before the rest of the team gets there. When I step onto the basketball court I expect 100% of myself all of the time, and I also expect the same from my teammates. Winning is important, but I have learned that what is most important to me is playing together as a “team” and leaving it all out on the court together, regardless of the score.
I am looking forward to my next 2 years of High School basketball, as well as AAU. Everyone seems to be focused on college already. I know college lies ahead. It seems very overwhelming right now. If I work hard and am fortunate enough to play in college it will be a dream come true for me. But for now, I have to focus on the challenges directly in front of me, and rise to those challenges.
I believe that any Coach I’ve played for would say that I am one of the hardest working players on the team. I have been told that I have great basketball “IQ”, and have a good vision of where my teammates are on the court at all times.
My AAU Coach (NY PRIDE) Aldo Redendo has commented to coaches that: “Sophia has tremendous ball-handling skills. She creates for her teammates, manufactures points, and draws fouls, getting her to the foul line. She puts so much effort into everything she does both on the court and in the classroom. She’s gritty and plays with as much passion as any kid I’ve ever coached”.
In addition to shooting three-pointers, my favorite thing on the court is creating opportunities for my teammates.
As far as defense, as a starting Sophomore player on Varsity, I was almost always asked to defend the best player on the other team. I always stepped up to the challenge and looked at the assignments as an opportunity to elevate my own game.