What's up everybody? It's been a while since the last time I wrote, but I've been pretty busy getting ready for the season. We started practice last Monday, and so far we are looking pretty good. Our first game is November 22 against Antioch. Right now we are just focusing on playing well together, and playing really hard-nose defense.
One of my personal goals this year is to be a stopper on defense because last year I don't think I put as much emphasis on defense as I should have. The other area that I want to work on is using my mid-range game. The more I use my pull-up, the tougher it makes for the defender to make a decision as to how to guard me. It will open up my outside game and I will be able to go to the basket easier if I knock down a few shots. Our team will most likely be ranked top 10 (perhaps Top 5 preseason in Illinois). Our starting lineup will include Sean Wallis, Matt Gold, Malick Valliani, and Zach Kelly. I'll run the point. Zach is out right now with a stress fracture in his shin but hopefully he'll be back in the lineup very soon. John Radke will step up in his place and is a big sleeper.
I would also like to thank everyone for taking the time to write in. I really appreciate all of the questions and comments. Thanks to everyone who has expressed their support for me no matter which college I choose. It feels good to know that I will have people rooting for me wherever I end up going to school, as well as fans of Illinois prep basketball.
Someone asked me about what shooting drills I go through. For the most part, I start out close to the basket and then move further away. I shoot a certain number of shots from 3, pull-ups, off the dribble, and then lay-up's. I always do my drills at game speed. It is not about how many shots you take; it's about doing everything full speed. In between each drill, I also shoot free throws when I am fatigued.
Someone asked if Chris Collins, the current Duke assistant, and my high school coach Dave Weber, the brother of Illinois coach Bruce Weber, will affect my college choice. It is great to have relationships with people but it will not be a deciding factor in my decision. As of right now, my college list is the following 7 schools; Illinois, Arizona, Duke, California, Michigan State, Wisconsin, and Kansas.
Another reader asked what speed game I like to play the game. I feel I can play half court or up-tempo but I prefer an open court game. Regarding what I would like to do after college, I have always had an interest in coaching.
I would like to give a special shout-out to Mike Morrisey, who just finished up his high school season in football. Mike's one of the best wide receivers in the state of Illinois. Also, thank you to Sasha from Proviso West for your words of encouragement. Feel free to write in anytime. Finally, good luck this year to Maggie and the Riverside-Brookfield's girls' squad.
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I would like to thank my mother, father, and sisters for always being there for me. I want to send special prayers to my Nana. I will always be there for you.
Good luck this season to everyone. I plan on doing an update on our season very soon.
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