Spillman Puts Up Pads for Now

UofL football commit JuJuan Spillman caused havok for defenses on the gridiron, now he hopes to do the same on the hardwood.

Pleasure Ridge Park Senior JuJuan Spillman verballed to the University of Louisville football team earlier this year, but now his focus is on the upcoming basketball season.

Spillman is one of the favorites to win Mr. Basketball and his Panthers also have the talent to make a run for the State Crown. The Panthers took on Central Park Christian Prep from Birmingham, Alabama Saturday night at PRP and came away with a hard-fought win. Central Park boasts a few very talented players, including 7'0 forward Jonathan Huffman, a Louisville signee.

Aside from his lightning fast speed, the first thing you will notice about the 5'11 Spillman is the ear-to-ear grin that graces his face. That grin got a lot bigger when the thought of playing for Louisville on the football field enters his mind. "I don't know what I'm going to do when I put the pads on again, Spillman adds, "The coaches and players tell me they want me to return kicks and I'm happy to do just that."

When asked whether or not he'll play on the basketball court for UofL, Spillman laughs and says, "Yeah, I'm going to walk-on and do whatever I can to help the team in practice," Spillman goes on to say that "I don't know how much playing time I'll get, but I know I'm going to do whatever I can to make sure the team is ready to play in games."

Athletes that compete in two sports are asked a lot of them. Going from the field to the gym is just part of life for Spillman who takes everything in stride, "It can be tough going from one sport to the other, but hard work can make it a lot easier," Spillman says. "In the two weeks I have between football and basketball season I spend at least two hours in the gym, just shooting and trying to get into basketball shape."

JuJuan made some big headlines this year on the football field and don't expect anything less from him on the basketball court. Spillman loves the spotlight and likes to let his talents make that light even brighter.


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