Calvin Romero

Name: Calvin Romero Where are you from? : New York, Manhattan How old are you? : 14 years old When did you start playing the game? : On my school What made you interested in playing basketball? : I don’t know, I just loved it Do you remember your first organized basketball game? No How did you play and how did it make you feel? I played hard, maked 17 points When did you begin to take basketball seriously and why? : When I started playing for my school team, which had won a lot of trophies and championships Does your family support you playing basketball? : Yes, a lot What influenced you to play basketball? : I always liked sports, but basketball was unique for me What is your favorite aspect of playing basketball? Teamwork What is your motivation to play? Collecting sneakers What is your favorite hobby? Play Basketball Do play other sports competitively, which sports? Baseball What is your favorite food to eat before and after games? Vitamin Water What is your favorite pre-game music? Amazing Do you have any religious background and basketball? No How often do you workout? 2 days a week Do you have a partner or on your own? My Own Have you gotten seriously injured? No What are your strong points in basketball? My strong points are the long shots Do you consider yourself healthy and why? Yes, because I eat a lot of fruits, and like a lot of juice Favorites Your favorite basketball gear brand? I love NIKE What size shoe do you wear? 7 Life Do you have many friends who don’t play basketball? : No Do you get a lot of attention because you play basketball? : Yes What are your plans...

Noemi Castellon

Name: Noemi Castellon Where are you from? : Bakersfield, California How old are you? : 17 When did you start playing the game? : 5th grade What made you interested in playing basketball? : the way people could have so much passion for it Do you remember your first organized basketball game? yeah How did you play and how did it make you feel? it was a co-ed league, and it made me feel like that was i was meant to do When did you begin to take basketball seriously and why? : 6th grade, because i had so much passion for it, its all i ever wanted to do Does your family support you playing basketball? : yeah, especially my mom, she loves the game as much as I do What influenced you to play basketball? : my mom was the main one who pushed towards the game What is your favorite aspect of playing basketball? i think the best part is how close you get to your teammates What is your motivation to play? my main motivation is just the love I have for the game What are your habits before a game? after a game, I usually go back and think about all my mistakes and how I can improve What is your favorite hobby? I love listening to music, at all hours of the day Do play other sports competitively, which sports?I play volleyball and softball as well What is your favorite food to eat before and after games? Panda express! haha I love it What is your favorite pre-game music? I love Kanye and TI Do you have any religious background and basketball? yeah How often do you workout? I spend at least 3 a day Do you have...

Corey Nguyen

Name: Corey Nguyen Where are you from? : Denver How old are you? : 15 When did you start playing the game? : 3rd grade What made you interested in playing basketball? : wanting to go pro Do you remember your first organized basketball game? yes How did you play and how did it make you feel? well, unstopable When did you begin to take basketball seriously and why? : 7th grade Does your family support you playing basketball? : very much What influenced you to play basketball? : its my calling What is your favorite aspect of playing basketball? being on a team/family What is your motivation to play? my family What are your habits before a game? pray What is your favorite hobby? basketball/video games Do play other sports competitively, which sports? i used to play football What is your favorite food to eat before and after games? before- something healthy. after-somthing huge and filling. What is your favorite pre-game music? soothing rap Do you have any religious background and basketball? jesus How often do you workout? 4-5 days a week Do you have a partner or on your own? own Have you gotten seriously injured? just some neck sprains and ankle sprains. What are your strong points in basketball? being able to see the court and finding the open man. shooting and crossing over Do you consider yourself healthy and why? yes because i watch what i eat and stay away from too much sugar and fats. Favorites Your favorite basketball gear brand? Nike What size shoe do you wear? 11.5 Life Do you have many friends who don’t play basketball? : yes What is life outside of basketball for you? : basketball is life Do you get a lot of...

Ricky Pangestu

Name: Ricky Pangestu Where are you from? Indonesia How old are you? 20 When did you start playing the game? I start playing when I was 11 years old What made you interested in playing basketball? When I first score the basket and my grandmother who introduced the basketball to me. Do you remember your first organized basketball game? No, I never organized the basketball game How did you play and how did it make you feel? When I’ve got stress I always play it, I don’t know why I hope I can find something in there. When did you begin to take basketball seriously and why? When I was 14 years old, because I want try to a dunk a basketball in a game. Does your family support you playing basketball? Not, really What influenced you to play basketball? My grandmother What is your favorite aspect of playing basketball? Jump shooting,play together with friends. What is your motivation to play? Dunk the basketball What are your habits before a game? Stretching, and shooting What is your favorite hobby? Basketball of course Do play other sports competitively, which sports? Sprint, and long distance running What is your favorite food to eat before and after games? nothing What is your favorite pre-game music? Here I am, and our lives Do you have any religious background and basketball? Buddhism How often do you workout? Everyday,I work so hard everyday Do you have a partner or on your own? No,just me Have you gotten seriously injured? Yes,I have knee injury like meniscus injury What are your strong points in basketball? Jump shooting, and my lay up Do you consider yourself healthy and why? Yes, whatever I’m only 5’4 and I have weal knees, but I’ve strong legs,...

Nicole Nic

Name – Nicole Nic Where are you from? – Providence Rhode Island How old are you? 22 When did you start playing the game? 6. What made you interested in playing basketball? My height and I was good Do you remember your first organized basketball game? Yes. How did you play and how did it make you feel? Happy When did you begin to take basketball seriously and why? – My last year because I know there is no other time I can play organize ball Does your family support you playing basketball? – Yes What influenced you to play basketball? – My high school coach What is your favorite aspect of playing basketball? Being in the post What is your motivation to play? – Game Time What is your favorite hobby? – Taking care of children Do play other sports competitively, which sports? – I use to What is your favorite pre-game music? – Crank that Do you have any religious background and basketball? – Christian How often do you workout? – 5 days a week Do you have a partner or on your own? – Partner Have you gotten seriously injured? – Yes What are your strong points in basketball? – Post moves Do you consider yourself healthy and why? – Y es I am ok I guess Favorites Your favorite basketball gear brand? – Nike. What size shoe do you wear? – 11 Girls 9 Boys Life Do you have many friends who don’t play basketball? – Yes. What is life outside of basketball for you? – Yes very busy Do you get a lot of attention because you play basketball? – Yes What are your plans after your basketball career is over? – Improve recreation center Is basketball your life?...

Robin Gordon

Name – Robin Gordon Where are you from? – New Orleans How old are you? 16 When did you start playing the game? – When i was nine yrs. old. What made you interested in playing basketball? – I loved how challenging the sport was. Do you remember your first organized basketball game? – YesI was in the seventh grade and we played against Westwego. Yeah we beat em..[lol] How did you play and how did it make you feel? – When i got in the game and saw all those people cheering it got me pumped. When did you begin to take basketball seriously and why? – At that moment when I played my first game,and I just loved the way it felt..like when I played my adrenaline would start to rush and it made me so happy just to be playing..even if we lost.lol Does your family support you playing basketball? – Oh yeah..they support me in everything i do. What influenced you to play basketball? – What influenced me to play was just how excited I was to play..who influenced me to play was my dad.. What is your favorite aspect of playing basketball? My favorite aspect of the game is knowing that people can come together..and play as one..you know. What is your motivation to play? – My motivation to play is the children.I love kids and everytime I see these one group of kids its the same thing..Robin I cant wait til you go to the WNBA..or college..and that motivates me alot.. What are your habits before a game? – I like to dance..and eat baked fish.. What is your favorite hobby? – Playing basketball. Do play other sports competitively, which sports? – None.. What is your favorite food...

Kore Hill

Name – Kore Hill Where are you from? – Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Raised in Naha, Japan. How old are you? 17 When did you start playing the game? 12. What made you interested in playing basketball? My father. Do you remember your first organized basketball game? Yes. How did you play and how did it make you feel? I played below average, but I realized I was improving everytime I dribbled a basketball. When did you begin to take basketball seriously and why? – I started taking it seriously my freshman year of High School, after a couple of people saw tremendous potential in me. Does your family support you playing basketball? – Definately. What influenced you to play basketball? – Mostly my father, an avid basketball player, and realizing i could make it my sport. What is your favorite aspect of playing basketball? The pulse and speed of the game. What is your motivation to play? – Players in my situation who overcame tremendous adversity and ultimately accomplished their goal like Jordan, Lebron, and Yuta Tabuse. What are your habits before a game? – To Pray. What is your favorite hobby? – Basketball of course, and Eating…lol.. Do play other sports competitively, which sports? – Soccer, Wrestling. What is your favorite food to eat before and after games? – Chinese or Japanese Food. What is your favorite pre-game music? – Pharrell’s “You Can Do It Too” Do you have any religious background and basketball? – am a proud Catholic. How often do you workout? – Every Day, my body is important to the success I KNOW I have coming. Do you have a partner or on your own? – Often alone, but sometimes with a partner. Have you gotten seriously injured? –...

Jared Harding

Name – Jared Harding Where are you from? – Denver, Colorado USA How old are you? 28 When did you start playing the game? – When I was 8 years old. What made you interested in playing basketball? – It was my dad’s game. Do you remember your first organized basketball game? – Yes. I was on a YMCA team called the Tigers, and my coach’s name was Bill Taggert. The gym had carpet floors, and I remember getting a rug burn. I remember the way the ball echoed when it bounced, and how hectic it seemed on the court. I remember the thrill of putting the ball through the hoop, and the tingles it used to send down my spine. How did you play and how did it make you feel? – I don’t remember how I played, to be honest. I know our team was horrible – we went 0-10 that season – and I was the only kid on the team who could score. When did you begin to take basketball seriously and why? – I think I began to take it seriously right away. I was already better than most kids, and I loved the way that made me feel, and I wanted to continue to feel that way, to be the best. So I worked at it. Does your family support you playing basketball? – Yes. What influenced you to play basketball? – My dad. I was going to play ice hockey – I had the jock strap, pads and even a new hockey stick, and I had taken ice skating lessons – and then, abruptly, I decided I wanted to play the sport my dad loved. So I played basketball. What is your favorite aspect of playing basketball?...

Raeven King

Name – Raeven King Where are you from? – Queensvillage, NY Hometown: Omaha, NE How old are you? 25 When did you start playing the game? – 4th grade 7 yrs. old What made you interested in playing basketball? –Not sure, just loved to do. Do you remember your first organized basketball game? – Yea. I cried the first time I got double teamed. How did you play and how did it make you feel? – I must of liked it I’ve been playing ever since. When I first started to play my coaches saw potential and encouraged my mom to keep me in sports. When did you begin to take basketball seriously and why? – When I started playing for the North Omaha Hawkettes, a local organized basketball team. The Hawkettes’ have a very good tradition of players so you wanted to live up to expectations. Does your family support you playing basketball? – Totally. My Mom told me to reach for the moon and even if I miss I will still be amongst the stars. What influenced you to play basketball? – I was athletic as a child. I am an only child; my mom needed to keep me busy. What is your favorite aspect of playing basketball? Teamwork, the corrodery with my teammates. What is your motivation to play? – Basketball is my passion in life. What are your habits before a game? – Listening to music, get some food in my system at least four hours before I play. What is your favorite hobby? – Playing video games, collecting sneakers, and id bands Do play other sports competitively, which sports? – In high school I played volleyball and ran track (hurdler). I also played tennis but had to give it...

Sean McCraw

Name: Sean McCraw Where are you from? Las Vegas, Nevada How old are you? 33 When did you start playing the game? Since I could breath What made you interested in playing basketball? My Dad Do you remember your first organized basketball game? Yes How did you play and how did it make you feel? I played pretty good, it came natural. I remember putting on my uniform for the first time and thinking “This is great” When did you begin to take basketball seriously and why? I took it seriously at about age 10 because I saw that I was much better than my peers Does your family support you playing basketball? Yes What influenced you to play basketball? My dad, who was also a very good player and my first coach What is your favorite aspect of playing basketball? Five individuals becoming one TEAM What is your motivation to play? The love, and excitement of winning What are your habits before a game? I eat the same meal, make sure I call my wife, tie my ring in my shoelaces What is your favorite hobby? Relaxing after a hard practice Do play other sports competitively, which sports? Is power napping a sport? haha What is your favorite food to eat before and after games? Pancakes What is your favorite pre-game music? I have a gameday mix in my iPOD with hard and fast beats. Mostly rap Do you have any religious background and basketball? No How often do you workout? Everyday except the day after a game Do you have a partner or on your own? My team Have you gotten seriously injured? Broke my leg in a game once What are your strong points in basketball? My ability to play more...

Miranda Mock

Name – Miranda Mock Where are you from? – Wichita Kansas How old are you? 16 When did you start playing the game? – in the 2ND grade What made you interested in playing basketball? – I’ve always had a thing for basketball and all sports my dad always says…”I swear child, when you were born you popped out with a basketball in your hands…” Do you remember your first organized basketball game? – yeah I remember I was the tallest and everyone always threw the ball to me because I was the only one who really knew how to dribble. How did you play and how did it make you feel? – It made me feel good I’m sure. When did you begin to take basketball seriously and why? – I’ve always taken basketball seriously. Does your family support you playing basketball? – Very much so. They do A LOT for me to help me improve and they get me where I need to be. What influenced you to play basketball? – My neighbor played basketball and she would be outside everyday and she would shoot and I would go outside and shoot with her and I just wanted to be as good as she was and she would help me and teach me new things about the game. Also Space Jam too. What is your favorite aspect of playing basketball? – I love the game, everything about it. What is your motivation to play? – I want to play for a big college like Tennessee get a scholarship somewhere and hopefully go to the WNBA. What are your habits before a game? – I sing Bohemian Rhapsody by queen with my mom before every game and I listen to music that pumps...

Clyde Weems

Name: Clyde Weems Where are you from? : I was born in Akron Ohio raised in Richmond California. How old are you? : 29 When did you start playing the game? : I have been playing the game of basket ball for 20 years now. What made you interested in playing basketball? : I started playing basketball because it kept me out of trouble and kept me from selling drugs and getting involved with gangs and other dangers. My cousin played in college and Wanted to be like him. When did you begin to take basketball seriously and why? : After my sophomore year people said I was no good I worked hard, by my summer after my junior I became one of the top players in city. I took MVP honors at CBL AAU tournament which featured seven blue chip athletes. Does your family support you playing basketball? : My family supported me no matter what I did they were my biggest fans. But when I began to get college scholarships is when the community as well my family started show love. What influenced you to play basketball? : I play because I love to prove people wrong and know matter how good you think you are or far you get there is always someone who hates on you . So I play because I believe in God and I feel he controls my destiny. Do you consider yourself healthy and why? : I do stay in shape I getting older know and still play ball. But know I have to train to play at a competitive level. Life Do you have many friends who don’t play basketball? : Most of my boys play ball and we love to trash about who is...

Angela Scott

Name – Angela Scott Where are you from? – Williamstown , NJ How old are you? 27 When did you start playing the game? – 8 th grade What made you interested in playing basketball? – Many people asking me to tryout due to my height Do you remember your first organized basketball game? – Yeah, it was nerve racking How did you play and how did it make you feel? – Pretty good. When did you begin to take basketball seriously and why? – At the end of my first season when I made the 7 th & 8 th grade all-star team for south jersey. Does your family support you playing basketball? – always What influenced you to play basketball? – My athleticism and my brother teaching me how to shoot in the back yard What is your favorite aspect of playing basketball? – It’s a team game and the pressure What is your motivation to play? – Fulfill dreams What are your habits before a game? – A nap and music when getting ready What is your favorite hobby? – Anything athletic Do play other sports competitively, which sports? – Football and tennis What is your favorite food to eat before and after games? – In college was a fastbreak. What is your favorite pre-game music? – Gospel (kirk franklin) Do you have any religious background and basketball? – Prayers for protection from injuries How often do you workout? – Try 3 days a week when im not coaching basketball to high schoolers where I currently work. Do you have a partner or on your own? – Yes!!! Have you gotten seriously injured? – Yes unfortunately playing powder puff football at work with students my first year there. What are your...

Femi Babayemi

Name FEMI BABAYEMI Where are you from?NIGERIA How old are you? 20 When did you start playing the game?YEAR 2000 What made you interested in playing basketball?I JUST LOVE THE GAME Do you remember your first organized basketball game? IN YEAR 2006 How did you play and how did it make you feel? I FELL GOOD When did you begin to take basketball seriously and why? YEAR 2001 Does your family support you playing basketball? YES What influenced you to play basketball? I BELIEVE I HAVE THE POTENTIALS What is your favorite aspect of playing basketball? PLAYING AGGRESSIVELY What is your motivation to play? TO WIN What are your habits before a game? FEEL FREE WITH EVERY ONE What is your favorite hobby? BASKETBALL Do play other sports competitively, which sports? NOT ATALL What is your favorite food to eat before and after games? FRUITS WATER MELON What is your favorite pre-game music? ENCORE Do you have any religious background and basketball?CHRISTIANITY BELIEVE IN GOD How often do you workout? 5 TIMES A WEEK Do you have a partner or on your own? YES I HAVE A PARTNER Have you gotten seriously injured? ANKLE DISLOCATION What are your strong points in basketball? BOXING OUT,CATCHING REBOUNDS,AGGRESSIVE LAYUPS,SETTING SCREENS,ETC Do you consider yourself healthy and why?YES BECAUSE I TRAIN WELL BEFORE PLAYING Favorites Your favorite basketball gear brand? NIKE What size shoe do you wear? 15 Life Do you have many friends who don’t play basketball? YES What is life outside of basketball for you? DON’T FIND ANY PLEASURE WITHOUT PLAYING THE GAME Do you get a lot of attention because you play basketball?YES What are your plans after your basketball career is over? TO BECOME A BASKETBALL COACH Is basketball your life? 100% Where has...

Morrisa “Mo” Benberry...

Name – Morrisa “Mo” Benberry Where are you from? – Louisville, Kentucky When did you start playing the game? – Wow, since I was 4 or 5 in the backyard with my uncle. What made you interested in playing basketball? – I really don’t remember. I think I was born to play the game…that’s all I remember is always playing. Do you remember your first organized basketball game? – 4th grade, Carter Elementary School How did you play and how did it make you feel? – Love to practice, hated games. I didn’t want anyone to pass me the ball. I think I was scared. I can remember getting the ball one time and I shot at the other team’s basket, I think I hit it too. In the early part of my career up until college I always played harder against men (who I grew up playing with) then I did when I played in regular games. I’m not sure what that was about… When did you begin to take basketball seriously and why? – I think I started taking basketball seriously in the 7th grade when I knew I could actually be good at it or I recognized that other people thought I was good. I started on my Middle School team and the coaches paid a lot of attention to me as far as developing me as a player. It was in high school (DuPont Manual High School) when basketball got extremely serious like a full time job with practice everyday and summer camps all summer. I almost quit twice because I was playing my butt off for junior varsity and not even being looked at for varsity. I respected my varsity coach. On the court she was crazy and a...

Mike Speranza

Name: Mike Speranza Where are you from? Foxborough mass, born in Camden, nj How old are you? 30 on dec 30 2006 its my golden one so I trying to make it memorable When did you start playing the game? 5th grade in upstate new York Galway to be specific What made you interested in playing basketball? In my first practice I got to wear my new jordons low tops with the black grey leopard print and was doing a dribbling drill and crossed over and something about the quick change of direction got me Do you remember your first organized basketball game? Yes Saratoga springs 7th grade I was in 6 made the team and didn’t play till the end that feeling has stuck with me forever and enable me to work hard day in and out How did you play and how did it make you feel? Aswer above When did you begin to take basketball seriously and why? When I played ball at the ymca in downtown Saratoga on Tuesday adult nights and watched the likes of tim parker and jimmy parker and pete philo and scottt cherry all played bigtime d 1 and was the first young kid to get picked up and this was serious for me Does your family support you playing basketball? yes What influenced you to play basketball? My bad attitude cost me a lot of opportunities as I wasn’t going to let and emotional weakness stop me and everyone saying I was to small and not good enough to play What is your favorite aspect of playing basketball? Accepting and adapting to the mistakes and changes of momentum What is your motivation to play? To show people that no matter what if you stick with...

Anthony Doyley Jr

Name: Anthony Doyley Jr. Where are you from? : Miami, FL. But now live in Chattanooga,TN How old are you? : 23 When did you start playing the game? : At the age of three What made you interested in playing basketball? : My father Do you remember your first organized basketball game? : Yes How did you play and how did it make you feel? : I played well, and I felt good because my dad was proud When did you begin to take basketball seriously and why? : Probably about six or seven Does your family support you playing basketball? : Definitely What influenced you to play basketball? : My Father What is your favorite aspect of playing basketball? : Being able to pass the ball very well What is your motivation to play? : Using the gift that God has given me to glorify Him. What are your habits before a game? : Listen to some music and zone out. What is your favorite hobby? : Basketball Do play other sports competitively, which sports? :NO What is your favorite food to eat before and after games? : Anything that won’t make my stomach run What is your favorite pre-game music? Gospel rap Do you have any religious background and basketball? I am a Christian and I want to give God praise through the game of Basketball How often do you workout? 3 times a week Do you have a partner or on your own? : Partner Have you gotten seriously injured? : Yes, I once cracked my Fibula bone What are your strong points in basketball? : I have excellent court vision and can make plays for my team Do you consider yourself healthy and why? : Yes, because my body...