In-Depth: Jabarie Hinds

If you have followed Wake Forest basketball recruiting at all this past season, you know the name Jabarie Hinds. The ultra-talented point guard is coming off a sensational junior season and is now getting ready for AAU ball. DeaconSports recently talked to Hinds about basketball -- and so much more.

Everyone who follows the recruiting scene knows that Jabarie Hinds is a fantastic basketball player. He had a terrific 2009-10 season averaging 25 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists per game as a junior for Mount Vernon High School.

For his efforts, Hinds was also named Region 1 Mr. Basketball in New York, as well as All-Conference, CYP Tournament MVP, and CYP All-Conference. For people who aren't familiar with it, the CYP Tournament is a 3 game tournament that takes place after the high school season in New York. The best players from the New York/New Jersey area selected to compete in it.

While many people know what Hinds has accomplished on the basketball court, that isn't all there is to Jabarie Hinds.

Hinds has always been a New Yorker and is proud of it. "I have lived in New York my whole life," said Hinds. "I used to live in the Bronx until I was 4 then we moved to Mount Vernon. I remember being a kid and going to watch my sister play basketball at Mount Vernon. That was kind of an inspiration."

As a young kid, Hinds was a 4 sport athlete. It wasn't until the 5th grade that he began to really concentrate his efforts on basketball.

"It's funny. I used to play soccer, baseball, and football more than basketball when I was younger. It wasn't until 5th grade, when I made my elementary school's basketball team, that I began to take basketball seriously."

Three years later, Hinds did something only three other players at Mount Vernon had ever done. "In 8th grade I made the Mount Vernon J.V. team. Then, halfway though the season, I was called up to varsity. I was surprised when that happened but I have been there ever since."

Getting on top in New York is not an easy thing to do and once you get there, someone is always trying to knock you off.

"It's not easy making a name for yourself in New York. There are a lot of good players up here. You just have to go out and play hard and earn your respect on the court. You can't be soft and be successful up here. Now that I've got my name out, people are always coming at me and testing me. I just go out and play as hard as I can no matter who I'm playing. I respect all of my opponents."

Hinds admits that that his family has played a big role in his life both on and off the court and gives them credit for all they have done for him.

"My family is really important to me. My parents are the ones who got me into sports and have taken me to all of the camps and things like that. Without them, I wouldn't be where I am at right now."

While his family and friends have helped him along the way, Hinds also gives credit to another force -- his inner drive -- for helping to get him where he is at on the court.

"I push myself to get better. I make myself get up and work out every day. I motivate myself to keep getting better and to never be satisfied with where I'm at. I always want to get better."

Off the court Jabarie Hinds is a normal high school junior. "I just like to hang out with friends and watch television. I'm also on Twitter a lot. I'm just a normal guy."

Chances are, if there is a college or NBA game on television, Jabarie is watching -- and not just for entertainment purposes. "Sometimes I watch games to see what other great players are doing on the court. I want to keep finding new ways to make myself an even better player."

Thus far, all of his hard work has paid off. Hinds holds multiple Division I offers and currently has a top four of Wake Forest, Louisville, Oklahoma State, and Virginia with the Demon Deacons holding the top spot at this time.

It is a fantastic feeling for Hinds knowing that he will have the opportunity to play high level college basketball while getting a free education. "It feels great knowing my hard work is paying off. I'm not going to have to take money out of my parents pockets to go to college and get an education. I am really excited about that."

This Spring and Summer, many Wake Forest fans will get the opportunity to watch Jabarie Hinds on the court with his AAU squad the Westchester Hawks. He will be playing at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions Memorial Day weekend as well as other various events along the east coast including tournaments in South Carolina and Virginia.


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