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...