The senior basketball player had 31 points in an OT win over Scranton, 22 points in an OT win over Honesdale and 27 points in an OT loss to Scranton Prep. Here’s more from his interview:
Three people you’d like to have dinner with: Stephen Curry, Kobe Bryant, Larry Bird
Superstitions or rituals: Usually I go into the locker room before the games and pray, do a little prayer before the games.
Athletes you admire: Stephen Curry
What is it about him you admire most? The face that he came from a small college and what he has done impacted the NBA. How he has impacted it with his shooting ability, dribbling ability. No one believed that he would even make it to the NBA because of his size and I’m pretty small, too, so I want to be in the same shoes as him.
Do you try to emulate anything from his game into yours? Yes, shooting. I try to get shots off fast since I’m short. I try to get off shots fast before a defender could put a hand up. And dribbling, he’s a really good dribbler. He’s good at slashing toward the basket as well.
Are there any other athletes you take things from and put them into your game? Kobe Bryant, for sure, because of his work ethic. He’s always in the gym, always, and he’s one of the best players to ever to play the game.
Favorite sports teams: Toronto Raptors
How did you become a Raptors fan? Was it Vince Carter? Yes, I’ve been a big fan of Vince Carter. Also, DeMar DeRozan.
How do you feel about how that trade went down between the Raptors and Spurs? You have Kawhi Leonard. We have Kawhi and he’s doing good, but DeMar was my favorite player on that team and for him to move to the Spurs kind of made me upset.
Other sports you play: Soccer
Favorite food: Pizza
Favorite movie: Road House
Most famous person you’ve ever met: Probably (former Carolina Panthers running back) DeShaun Foster. He was my neighbor in California when I used to live there.
Really? Did you interact at all? Yeah, I would see him every once in a while during like certain holidays like Christmas we would see each other and say Merry Christmas like usual and that’s about it.
Where did you live in California? Orange County
How long did you live there? Four years. I moved here when I was four.
How was the move from there to this area? It was kind of difficult because California is amazing. I love it. It’s always warm, the weather’s nice and here it’s cold. But the main reason we moved here is because of my dad and his family was down here. We weren’t really supposed to move here. It was supposed to be a vacation house, but we decided just to sell our house in California and just stay here.
You’re obviously a scorer, but what is your approach to the game? Going into every game, I’m just looking at what I’ve got to do to make my team win. Just to come out with the W, whether I’m scoring or whether my teammates are scoring. Just trying to get the W.
What is the best part about basketball? The best part about basketball is probably after the games, after winning a serious game like when we beat Scranton. That was definitely a big win for us and us celebrating after a big win is probably one of my favorite things.
What do you like most about playing basketball at Western Wayne? Probably how good our coaching staff is. How good Coach Al (Semenza) is, Coach (Andrew) Bennie and all the assistant coaches. How much time and effort they put into it. I really respect it.
You lost to Scranton Prep overtime, but still to be in a position to win against a team like Prep is big step for you guys and a big step for the program. It’s amazing. Like I said before, no one really expected us to really be in that game and for us to go into OT against them. Just to be in OT against Scranton Prep is an amazing feeling.
Did you feel anything different about this week? You seemed pretty on your game. I think ever since I scored my 1,000th (point) at North Pocono it just clicked. I haven’t scored anything under 20 points ever since that game. I don’t know, I feel like I’ve just been more confident lately after that and they’ve just been dropping.
How did it feel for you to reach that milestone? What’s that mean to you? It means a lot. I put a lot of hard work in for years and years, training with Brad Cooper from Keystone College. I’ve got to give respect out to him. He’s an amazing guy, an amazing trainer. It’s just been an outstanding feeling to drop 1,000. One thousand points is a lot, not a lot of people get it. And I’m just honored to have that.
Who is the most improved player on your team? Definitely Matthew Henneforth. He’s been coming up big in our last few games. He had a very big block against Honesdale for us to send it into OT and we won. He also did very well against Prep.
As a team, what are your goals the rest of the way? We’re going to try to win the league. Try and just get better. We’re doing pretty well right now, but there’s some games we definitely need to win to try and get higher into the playoffs and get a higher seed.
When did you start playing basketball? I started playing in fourth grade, AAU at Backcourt Hoops. That’s when I really got into basketball.
Was there anything about it that made you love the sport? I don’t know. I just fell in love with the sport right when I stepped on the court I feel like and I just wanted to do it for the rest of my life.
Plans for after high school? I want to go to college for sports marketing.
What makes you interested in that field? I want to be a sports agent. I want to be around the sport for the rest of my life so I feel like a sports agent would be a really nice spot for me to be at.