Kalvin Rodriguez

Name Kalvin Rodriguez Where are you from? Oxnard How old are you? N/A When did you start playing the game? 3rd grade What made you interested in playing basketball? I have always loved playing basketball,but it cought my eyes one day when i was watching it. Do you remember your first organized basketball game? No How did you play and how did it make you feel? it made me feel happy and full of joy. I love scoring and playing kept me out of trouble. When did you begin to take basketball seriously and why? Sr year after i got cut for bad grades i knew i had a chance at making something great for my school. Does your family support you playing basketball? Amen What influenced you to play basketball? Myself What is your favorite aspect of playing basketball? I like the pressure being on my shoulder or the feeling of carrying the team on my shoulders.I like pulling up for jump shots or driving it down the lane,or how can i forget taking it coast to coast or hitting a game winning shot. What is your motivation to play? My brother who is locked up who i haven’t seen in a while,my mother who has sacrificed all for me and my brothers,everybody who has believed in me or who has doubted me.GOD What are your habits before a game? God,Bless,Me hand signal Do play other sports competitively, which sports? No What is your favorite food to eat before and after games? Dont have one What is your favorite pre-game music? Songs that i find inspirational or motivating Do you have any religious background and basketball? Christian How often do you workout? Once a day Do you have a partner or on your...

Lomas Johnson

Name Lomas Johnson Where are you from? Columbia/Sikeston, MO How old are you? 24 When did you start playing the game? 7th grade What made you interested in playing basketball? It was just a way to take my mind off of everything and make me feel like i was in a better place. Do you remember your first organized basketball game? No How did you play and how did it make you feel? I don’t remember the game, but i wasn’t no good lol When did you begin to take basketball seriously and why? I say around 9th grade because i really believed in my coach and he believed in me, plus i was seeing improvements so i felt like the sky is the limit. Does your family support you playing basketball? Kinda What influenced you to play basketball? The feeling What is your favorite aspect of playing basketball? Doing something that im good at and people respecting it. What is your motivation to play? To at least say im good at something. What are your habits before a game? Have none Do play other sports competitively, which sports? no What is your favorite food to eat before and after games? have none What is your favorite pre-game music? have none Do you have any religious background and basketball? no How often do you workout? Twice a day Do you have a partner or on your own? Both Have you been seriously injured? Yea, ankle and knees What are your strong points in basketball? Shooting, Scoring, Defense Do you consider yourself healthy and why? Yeah, never really tired or wore out. Do you have many friends who don’t play basketball? sort of. What is life outside of basketball for you? Laying around letting my...

Jordan Faust

Name Jordan Faust Where are you from? South Kingstown, RI How old are you? 29 When did you start playing the game? 2nd Grade What made you interested in playing basketball? It was fun and I liked the competition Do you remember your first organized basketball game? Yes How did you play and how did it make you feel? I played well from what I can remember. I remember getting out on the break a lot and getting a lot of easy points because of that. It must have been a sign because I think I shine the most in transition because of my moves and passing. Also, I remember making some passes that I think people could tell were ahead of my time. I remember feeling great because it was a lot of fun and our team won and I felt exhausted after the game because of how fast it was. When did you begin to take basketball seriously and why? When I transfered high schools, I got cut trying out my sophmore year, when I thought I really should have made it. I got so mad after that I wanted revenge and I would play all the kids who made the Varsity team in open gym and play great against them. Ever since then I realized how good I was and how good I could be and deep down I knew that basketball was not only my passion but something that made me special. Does your family support you playing basketball? Yes What influenced you to play basketball? To get revenge on all those who said I would never make it playing basketball and to prove to not only them but to my self that I can make it What is your...

Matthew Alston

Name matthew alston Where are you from? philadelphia, pennsylvania How old are you? n/a When did you start playing the game? as long as i could breath What made you interested in playing basketball? my pop Do you remember your first organized basketball game? yes How did you play and how did it make you feel? i played pretty good u know,but i remember putting on my jersey for the first time and thinkin “wow this is great” When did you begin to take basketball seriously and why? at age 13 i took the game seriously because i saw i was way better then my peers Does your family support you playing basketball? yes they do What influenced you to play basketball? my jr high school coach russell, that guy made me wanted to play the game What is your favorite aspect of playing basketball? 5 individual players becoming one TEAM!! What is your motivation to play? the love and exicitement of winning, man i love the game What are your habits before a game? normally i take an light nap text an couple friends Do play other sports competitively, which sports? in high school i did the shot putt(track and fleid)….also play defense lineman(that didnt go to well lol) What is your favorite food to eat before and after games? fruit after the games i like to eat taco What is your favorite pre-game music? none i cant hear Do you have any religious background and basketball? well im christain so i do little personal prayer here and there i dont asked god for victory but i ask him help me play the best i can possible can How often do you workout? Weekly Do you have a partner or on your own?...

Lala Vaiphei

Name Lala Vaiphei Where are you from? India How old are you? 24 When did you start playing the game? 12 What made you interested in playing basketball? Saw my seniors playing,joined them and it was basketball since then. Was the captain of sub-juniors football team of my school,left football for basketball. Do you remember your first organized basketball game? 9th grade How did you play and how did it make you feel? I wasn’t so good at the time. I was on the benches but i got to play every last two quarters. I don’t remember how i played but it made me feel really good. Being on the court during practice and during a match are really different. When did you begin to take basketball seriously and why? At the age of 15,i began to look up and1 videos and tried what they did and i could do it,that’s when i gained self-confidence and as i played along,i was enjoying myself and basketball became my escape to all the stuffs that keeps me down. And i would never mind gettin a sunburn cause of basketball under the sun..lol.. Does your family support you playing basketball? am not sure What influenced you to play basketball? allen iverson,his story. What is your favorite aspect of playing basketball? Being the playmaker and a power forward. The two new things in my life. 😉 What is your motivation to play? Whatever may happen,once i start playing,i know for sure i will be happy as long as i am in the court. What are your habits before a game? Pray and only pray Do play other sports competitively, which sports? Football,volleyball What is your favorite food to eat before and after games? Junks before game and a...

Willie Puckett

Name Willie Puckett Where are you from? Griffin, Ga How old are you? 35 When did you start playing the game? 11 yrs. old What made you interested in playing basketball? One day, while in 6th grade P.E., some of my friends were having a contest to see who could jump the highest by touching the net. And one of my friends insisted that I try also. When I jumped, I actually grabbed the rim with two hands. The P.E. teacher saw me and gave me a basketball and told me to see if I could dunk it. I did. From that point on, basketball has been my life. Do you remember your first organized basketball game? Dec. 1994- Spalding Co. Recreation: Celtics How did you play and how did it make you feel? I didn’t play well at all. It was my first organized game and totally different than playing backyard basketball. I was super nervous and I don’t think I scored. When did you begin to take basketball seriously and why? I began to take basketball seriously when the high school varsity coach would come watch me during 8th grade P.E. to see what all the fuss was about.My game did a total 360 from my first Rec. game to the last game. I received Co-MVP Award at the end of the season. Does your family support you playing basketball? Yes-110% What influenced you to play basketball? My friends, because we all loved basketball. What is your favorite aspect of playing basketball? My favorite aspect of basketball would have to be the competitiveness of the game. What is your motivation to play? I love basketball (My first love). What are your habits before a game? Prayer Do play other sports competitively, which...

Israel Montoya

Name Israel Meléndez Montoya Where are you from? N.L, México How old are you?When did you start playing the game? When I was 10 What made you interested in playing basketball? My dad constantly wanted to play with me, and I kept loosing, so I wanted to get better and I have. Do you remember your first organized basketball game? Yeah How did you play and how did it make you feel? I played pretty good for being in the team I was, and It felt vicious, I mean it was awesome. When did you begin to take basketball seriously and why? When I was 12 years, I said to myself “I need to be the best” Does your family support you playing basketball? Yes What influenced you to play basketball? My dad, the beauty in the sport, the competivity What is your favorite aspect of playing basketball? Mental intimidation. What is your motivation to play? Every time I lose a game, everytime I didn’t score that basket, everytime I couldn’t do it. And the fact that you can always keep getting better. What are your habits before a game? Meditation, some calm music, knowing what I’m dealing with and at what stage. Do play other sports competitively, which sports? Volleyball What is your favorite food to eat before and after games? Some tuna or a sandwich What is your favorite pre-game music? Rap, soothing music or some classical music Do you have any religious background and basketball? Nope How often do you workout? Once a day Do you have a partner or on your own? Both Have you been seriously injured? Mmm, nah. What are your strong points in basketball? My post moves, mid-range game and my blocking Do you consider...

Kalvin Rodriguez

Name Kalvin Rodriguez Where are you from? Oxnard How old are you? 05/03/2012 When did you start playing the game? 3rd grade What made you interested in playing basketball? I have always loved playing basketball,but it cought my eyes one day when i was watching it. Do you remember your first organized basketball game? No How did you play and how did it make you feel? it made me feel happy and full of joy. I love scoring and playing kept me out of trouble. When did you begin to take basketball seriously and why? Sr year after i got cut for bad grades i knew i had a chance at making something great for my school. Does your family support you playing basketball? Amen What influenced you to play basketball? Myself What is your favorite aspect of playing basketball? I like the pressure being on my shoulder or the feeling of carrying the team on my shoulders.I like pulling up for jump shots or driving it down the lane,or how can i forget taking it coast to coast or hitting a game winning shot. What is your motivation to play? My brother who is locked up who i haven’t seen in a while,my mother who has sacrificed all for me and my brothers,everybody who has believed in me or who has doubted me.GOD What are your habits before a game? God,Bless,Me hand signal Do play other sports competitively, which sports? No What is your favorite food to eat before and after games? Dont have one What is your favorite pre-game music? Songs that i find inspirational or motivating Do you have any religious background and basketball? Christian How often do you workout? Once a day Do you have a partner or on your...

Myka Dawn

Name Myka Dawn Where are you from? arkansas How old are you? 09/27/1995 When did you start playing the game? 4th grade What made you interested in playing basketball? well my brother and sisters played so i kinda grew up around it, and my parents encouraged me 2 play and it has been my life ever since Do you remember your first organized basketball game? yup 4th grade How did you play and how did it make you feel? well i rember my first game i scored 8 points and got 4 fouls and thats all i can remeber When did you begin to take basketball seriously and why? umm 6th grade becuse my 7th grade coach was always watching me,to see if i was good or not,so i had to step up my game to impress him,and also becuse my coach was harder on me then anyone else Does your family support you playing basketball? totally. whole family What influenced you to play basketball? micheal jordan and brothers and sisters What is your favorite aspect of playing basketball? my favorite aspects of the game is all of it am good at defence and offence and shooting. MVP since 4th grade. not cocky tho What is your motivation to play? how i think of it is ,that there are kids in parts of the world that dose’nt have the oppritonity to play and so it makes me want to work harder to achive my dreams and make it possible for them to have a chance to achive their dreams. What are your habits before a game? talking to my team and listening to john wall by troop 41 Do play other sports competitively, which sports? yup softball and of course basketball What is your...

David Mcgowan

Name David Mcgowan Where are you from? Pittsburghs eastside How old are you? 11/27/1991 When did you start playing the game? 6th grade What made you interested in playing basketball? My friends Payton and Ricco we played everyday outside growing up and then I played on a summer league team with my future high school basketball coach Aaron tipton Do you remember your first organized basketball game? Woodland hills summer league when I was 13-14 How did you play and how did it make you feel? My first few games were very fun, I think my coach expected more out of me than what I gave out. But basketball gave me something to want it makes me happy and angry thoughs are the only two emotions i get from playing but I love it. When did you begin to take basketball seriously and why? My friends started playing basketball before me but playing everyday made me furious because I didn’t start winning 33games or one ones with them until about a year after I start playing JV in 9th grade. I started taking it seriously when me and my friends would play 33 and take a hour to finish a game I wanted to be just as good I wanted to be better. Does your family support you playing basketball? My mom never really supported me she never came to a game but my older brother loved to brag about me he always told people that I was better than the he even start setting me up with people older than me betting money because he knew i would win What influenced you to play basketball? My Friends What is your favorite aspect of playing basketball? I really love the game no matter what...

Kenneth McCoy Jr.

Name Kenneth McCoy Jr. Where are you from? Stuttgart, Arkansas How old are you? 06/22/1987 When did you start playing the game? When I was 5 years old What made you interested in playing basketball? My dad played it uncles cousins and just feel in love with the game ever since. Do you remember your first organized basketball game? When I was 8 years old playing in an older division basketball league and scoring 13 points against kids thats 10 and 11 years old. How did you play and how did it make you feel? I played great off of excitement of just playing the game of basketball such a wonderful feeling. When did you begin to take basketball seriously and why? When I turned 13 years old when I took it seriously playing AAU ball all summer long and attending basketball camps just 24/7 all basketball because thats how much I just love the game pure passion. Does your family support you playing basketball? Yes always since day one came to every game to show me love always the loudest in the crowd. What influenced you to play basketball? My dad he is my biggest fan thought me the game train me still til this day. What is your favorite aspect of playing basketball? Just playing defense and rebounding the little things that other players don’t like doing. What is your motivation to play? To show that everytime I play I go all out and give it my all till the final buzzer. What are your habits before a game? Listen to music and focus on what im going to do to help my team win the game. Do play other sports competitively, which sports? Football very competitive in that as well. What...

Benjamin Gaspar

Name Benjamin Gaspar Where are you from? I was born in Redwood City,CA but moved to Apple Valley,CA How old are you? 03/98/16 When did you start playing the game? When I was 12 years old I started to play What made you interested in playing basketball? I really didn’t know anything about basketball. I had to teach myself how to play the game which was very difficult. Do you remember your first organized basketball game? It was in the 7th grade and I didn’t perform too well but learned from the experience. How did you play and how did it make you feel? I play with a passion and a love for the game of basketball. To me basketball is much more than a sport. Basketball makes me feel great and I love the sport. When did you begin to take basketball seriously and why? In the eighth grade when I was 13 years old was when basketball became a serious aspect of my life. I have a dream of playing professional basket in the NBA and I can never give up on my dream. I will never quit, I won’t rest, and I won’t stop playing until my dream is accomplished. Does your family support you playing basketball? My mother and my father support me although we all don’t live with each other. What influenced you to play basketball? Making it pro to give my family a better life especially for all they done for me. What is your favorite aspect of playing basketball? Playing for the of basketball and to teach other kids hard work can get you places. What is your motivation to play? I play the game of basketball for my mother and use it as motivation to give...

Lavontae Nowlin

Name lavontae nowlin Where are you from? Houston Texas How old are you? 06/24/1998 When did you start playing the game? 9 years old What made you interested in playing basketball? Just seeing the ball go through the net Do you remember your first organized basketball game? when i was 10 i played for my dad team we were the lakers How did you play and how did it make you feel? I played great I felt like a star When did you begin to take basketball seriously and why? When I was 11,because I thought I could make it to the pros Does your family support you playing basketball? yes What influenced you to play basketball? seeing my mom struggle to provide for me and my brothers and sister What is your favorite aspect of playing basketball? Winning championships What is your motivation to play? To be the best ever What are your habits before a game? listen to music and focus on what I have to do Do play other sports competitively, which sports? no What is your favorite food to eat before and after games? chicken What is your favorite pre-game music? j cole Do you have any religious background and basketball? Christian How often do you workout? Once a day Do you have a partner or on your own? Own Have you been seriously injured? yes What are your strong points in basketball? scoring,rebounding,defense Do you consider yourself healthy and why? yes because I don’t do any drugs Do you have many friends who don’t play basketball? yes What is life outside of basketball for you? Nothing Do you get a lot of attention because you play basketball? no What are your plans after your basketball career is over? NBA...

Dartalian Willis

Name dartalian willis Where are you from? philadephia How old are you? 07/04/1994 When did you start playing the game? 6 years old What made you interested in playing basketball? seeing others play and watching the game. Do you remember your first organized basketball game? yes How did you play and how did it make you feel? I was nervous when i first played my real game. it made me feel like i need to work on my game alot better. When did you begin to take basketball seriously and why? when i was 12 and because my grandpa told me thats where everything starts and everybody looks at you. Does your family support you playing basketball? yes What influenced you to play basketball? my friends,my grandpa What is your favorite aspect of playing basketball? point guard taking the ball and the game in my hands. What is your motivation to play? everybody watching me do my thing out there. hearing everybody saying you did a good job you might make it one day.my girlfriend cheering me on. What are your habits before a game? just listening to my music Do play other sports competitively, which sports? yes,football What is your favorite food to eat before and after games? pizza What is your favorite pre-game music? watch dis by plies Do you have any religious background and basketball? no How often do you workout?Twice a day Do you have a partner or on your own? Both Have you been seriously injured? no What are your strong points in basketball? driving it in Do you consider yourself healthy and why? yes,becuase i work out alot Do you have many friends who don’t play basketball? no What is life outside of basketball for you? i just...

Manvir Garcha

Name: Manvir Garcha Where are you from? Fresno, Ca When did you start playing the game? in second grade What made you interested in playing basketball? i saw my friends playing it and i was amazed i asked them to teach me, ever since then iv loved the game. Do you remember your first organized basketball game? 8th grade When did you begin to take basketball seriously and why? 7th grade, I had decided that I hated the feeling of being cut from the Basketball team. Does your family support you playing basketball? yes What influenced you to play basketball? Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, the glory, pain, desire, and w anting to go pro What is your favorite aspect of playing basketball? Offense, i love driving in, but im also i dead-eye shooter from the sides, because my position shooting guard and small forward requires it. What is your motivation to play? Kevin Durant, to be a credit to my race, make my parents proud, to prove my haters wrong What are your habits before a game? pray, mentally prepare myself, remember to show no mercy What is your favorite food to eat before and after games? pizza What is your favorite pre-game music? Eminem and Drake, mostly Eminem Do you have any religious background and basketball? Punjabi aka Sikh, Do you have a partner or on your own? Both Have you been seriously injured? yes, my ankle What are your strong points in basketball? driving up, shooting, and shot blocking Do you consider yourself healthy and why? yes, im extremely fast Do you have many friends who don’t play basketball? yes, but they watch me play and encourage me What is life outside of basketball for you? boring, Basketball is my life, its...

Belal Abiad

Name: Belal Abiad Where are you from? Australian/Lebanese How old are you? 09/02/1979 When did you start playing the game? Age 14 What made you interested in playing basketball? My brother and friends playing the game Do you remember your first organized basketball game? Yes How did you play and how did it make you feel? I scored of the jump ball on my own basket lol, i didn’t know the rules at all. When did you begin to take basketball seriously and why? Age 20 in Australia, I felt i have some skill, when i was 21 i flew to Lebanon and participated in the National team training before they flew to Indiana to participate in the world championship. I have been serious about the game ever since Does your family support you playing basketball? Absolutely What influenced you to play basketball? My brother What is your favorite aspect of playing basketball? I like the feeling when i make a perfect assist that no one had a clue it was gonna happen, but me. That being said i enjoy dunking too. What is your motivation to play? Better my self and constantly learning What are your habits before a game? Music and warm up by taking few shots and ofcourse stretching Do play other sports competitively, which sports? Not competitively, but i like tennis, soccer and volleyball What is your favorite food to eat before and after games? 3-4 hrs before a game, i like to have a nice pasta dish, after the game i can not eat straight away but few hours later, I ll eat something depends on what i feel like. What is your favorite pre-game music? Arabic, R&B, Hip Hop How often do you workout? Once a day Do...

Steve Roper

Name Steve Roper Where are you from? Grand Rapids, MI How old are you? 05/09/2011 When did you start playing the game? 4th Grade What made you interested in playing basketball? You can say it was in my blood. I grew up around basketball. My all time favorite player growing up was Michael Jordan. There was Kobe Bryant and now Lebron James. Basketball has always been my favorite sport and I was always good at it. Do you remember your first organized basketball game? Godwin Heights 4th Grade How did you play and how did it make you feel? I was the best player on my team. I will never forget I lost in the championship to my little brother. I always feel good on the court. When did you begin to take basketball seriously and why? Freshman year in high school I decided it was time to take basketball to another level. It wasnt till my sophomore year when I really grew into my body a nd started playing to my potential. Does your family support you playing basketball? Yes What influenced you to play basketball? Lebron James What is your favorite aspect of playing basketball? Just knowing that the man guarding me really cannot hold me. When I’m on the court I always keep the mind set I can do whatever I want, whenever I want, and I do. I love everything about the game. What is your motivation to play? My family and everybody thats supporting me. Everybody that knows I can make it and can actually see me playing professional basketball oneday. What are your habits before a game? Pray of course. Do play other sports competitively, whic h sports? Football and Baseball. What is your favorite food to eat...

Jessy Hernandez

Name: Jessy Robert Claro Hernandez Where are you from? I was born in Switzerland and move here to philippines How old are you? 21 When did you start playing the game? Young What made you interested in playing basketball? My father Do you remember your first organized basketball game? Nah, not really How did you play and how did it make you feel? Feels good i just work hard everyday and play ball. When did you begin to take basketball seriously and why? High school at Trinity University of Asia as Varsity that’s all my dream started. Does your family support you playing basketball? Yes they are grandparents to fam appreciate them a lot. What influenced you to play basketball? At the street i play pick up games embrace by the city by the hood. What is your favorite aspect of playing basketball? Share the ball and keep working hard everyday. What is your motivation to play? God given Talent. What are your habits before a game? I play volleyball back in the day. What is your favorite hobby? Just basketball sometimes listening to rap music headphones wearing or watching movie at home. Do play other sports competitively, which sports? I think boxing. What is your favorite food to eat before and after games? Chocolates. What is your favorite pre-game music? Rap song any kind of rap songs it motivates me. Do you have any religious background and basketball? Catholic How often do you workout? 6x a week. Do you have a partner or on your own? I just keep working by myself. Have you gotten seriously injured? Yeah dislocation of nose and knee injury. What are your strong points in basketball? Shooting, dribbling, and passing. Do you consider yourself healthy and why? Yeah...

Anton Erlandsson

Name: Anton Where are you from? Sweden How old are you? 13 When did you start playing the game? 12 What made you interested in playing basketball? The teamwork,and the hustle Do you remember your first organized basketball game? Yes, i rode the bench, and the first play i made i went to the wrong basket 😛 How did you play and how did it make you feel? i feelt happy because i knew i wanted to improve from that first game. When did you begin to take basketball seriously and why? i think after this years summer break. i had gone into a relationship, and after a heart break with her i noticed that basketball helped me. the guys i played ball with were still there, and i knew they always would be there to help me. Does your family support you playing basketball? Yes, but they always preach academics first, and i do put effort into both the court and the classroom. What influenced you to play basketball? i think Vince Carter, when i saw him fly on youtube, i think it was the dunk contest. it was just a sensation, and i feelt like something had happened. What is your favorite aspect of playing basketball? The intensity down the stretch, when down by a few. 10 sweaty teens who can put aside all their problems to win a game of pure passion and will. seeing them give up their bodies just to earn an extra point or two is perfect. What is your motivation to play? I want to be great, i want to be accepted by my friends as a basketballer. i strive to achieve the best i can be, i love the game to much to completely walk away...

Rich Morantus

Name: Rich Morantus Where are you from? : Born in Brooklyn New York, raised in Boston Mass. How old are you? 27 When did you start playing the game? I started playing in the 5th grade. What made you interested in playing basketball? : When I lived in Brooklyn, my uncle always played ball at the park. He seemed to be so good. I wanted to be good too. Do you remember your first organized basketball game? No How did you play and how did it make you feel? Playing ball makes me feel great. It’s a feeling I can’t even explain. When did you begin to take basketball seriously and why? : I use to think I would just get better at basketball without doing anything. Then I got cut from the team as a sophomore. That flipped my world upside down. Does your family support you playing basketball? : Yes What influenced you to play basketball? : My uncle, although he never knew it. What is your favorite aspect of playing basketball? That feeling you have when you can do so much. What is your motivation to play? I love the game and want to be the best I can possibly be. What is your favorite hobby? Playing ball. Do play other sports competitively, which sports? No. What is your favorite food to eat before and after games? Nothing What is your favorite pre-game music? Listen to music that calms me down. Do you have any religious background and basketball? Yes, I believe Jesus died for my sins. How often do you workout? Usually twice a day 4 – 6 days per week. Do you have a partner or on your own? Not normally, but its always better when I do. Have...