When and why did you start playing?
I’ve been playing basketball since third grade and started playing competitively in fifth grade.
What position do you play?
I’m center; I’m the big man and I shoot baskets.
What is the most difficult part of being one of the few underclassman on the varsity basketball team?
There are a few of us on there and probably the most difficult part is learning everything and learning about people and the style of the play. There are three sophomores on varsity.
What is the moment you are most proud of in your basketball career?
I had a game winner that won the tournament back in seventh grade. And my first varsity game is probably up there, too. It was crazy, (my coach) told me I was starting on varsity the second game of the season.
What pressure do you feel being so young and competing in a varsity sport?
I don’t feel very much pressure given the fact that our team doesn’t have very much depth, so I just go out there and do my thing.
What role does basketball play in your life?
A big role, I do it the majority of the year and I don’t have very many breaks.
What is something unique or difficult about basketball?
You have to play 36 minutes, and you are pretty much going the whole time. You have to sprint and be in really good (physical) condition.
How have you grown since you began playing?
It has made me tougher as a person, and I could say I am a better leader than I was (before I began playing basketball). I try to push my teammates and really encourage them when they are on the court, and I do a good job at that.