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So however you have you been, man, I've been doing really well.
It's felt really great toe play basketball again, especially at high level.
So I've been super stoked.
And let's talk about playing basketball at a high level, cause I know that your team, the New York leading select I mean, they're not really, um they don't have, like, a straw in a circuit, right? Uh, they do, haven't you? RBL team, But the team I was planning on, It's not in a circuit now.
All right, so you're so you're so you're playing on a team that's not in our circuit.
But you guys getting really well known a lot of media attention.
And he told me before, a lot of people are starting to find out who you are without even being in a circuit.
So this was that, like almost putting your team on the map and putting yourself on the map as well.
You know, I think with a lot of these circuits being canceled this year, it's really made like the hoop from circuit that's been going on.
It's given us a lot of publicity, and I think that's been one of like, the contributing factors to why we've been getting a lot of attention over these past few weeks.
But, yeah, a lot of the guys on the team, we put in a lot of work over the quarantine and I think it really paid off.
There's a lot of story we play at a high level and sticking to your team.
How did you hear about New York? Lighting? Select.
And what do you like most about them? So I did a workout through an image, and I kind of got paired up with Jesse through that.
He's the coach of my New York leading team.
And so basically, what happened was after the workout, you know, I hit him up on Instagram.
I thanked him for putting us through the workout and he actually invited me to keep working out with them.
And after that it kind of just kept on going.
And I ended up deciding that I would play for them this summer.
And I honestly couldn't have been more happy with the decision I made.
And you are getting a lot of tension and a lot of Division one offers.
And you said how they also have their own UBL team.
Do you think that for next year they I use season? If all goes well and valuable, just get through this.
You think you end up lying on that you IBL team for the next year.
That is the plane.
So I'm super excited.
I'm really hoping that you ibl happens.
I kind of have no doubt in my mind that it will happen.
So I'm really looking forward to that next year.
And I think this year an image will really get me ready for that level.
And do you know what's the name of the U IBL team? It's just a New York Lightning.
OK, I probably heard that I'm so honestly probably not thinking right now, uh, to be awesome view.
So I was How is your junior season my junior season? That what? Well, ah, I made a lot of individual improvements.
I think that really were valuable for this summer.
I think that my team did really well.
We're pretty young squad, but, you know, we held our own and yeah, we didn't do as well as we wanted to in the postseason.
But overall is a great year.
And what were so those individual improvements that you made are really working on my footwork, my ability to block shots from the floor and, you know, just using my height, my quickness to my advantage, Really getting used to my body.
It's a big thing.
And now next year you did decide to go to any major, any reclassifying.
So what? What led to that decision? Oh, after my sop****re season, it really became evident.
I wanted to go to a prep school, and it just so happens that we've really close the enemy each.
And when I got hooked up with J.
C, he reached out.
I got up to campus in no time, and I really just fell in love with school.
And I really got to know a lot of the guys on the team.
And, you know, it was really a no brainer when it came down to the decision on where I wanted to play.
And next year since, technically, you're like repeating your junior year.
In a way, how does that work with academics like, Are you Are you then doing work that, like, Are you still doing work? Is if you are a senior? Are you doing? I s almost a repeat of what you did this year.
Uh, I'm not really repeating anything.
I am actually taking senior classes, but you know It's a totally different curriculum, so there's a lot of classes that they have that I did not have the ability to take in my old school.
So it's really not like I'm repeating.
It's more like I'm just continuing and sticking to reclassifying.
You got a handful offers already.
So, like just why? Why would you re classify what you already know? That probably once you graduated see your year, let's say in 2021 you probably would ended up in a Division one school.
I think for me it's more just preparation.
Ah, you know, I could go to college after this next year, but I think the next year will just help me develop, get stronger as a basketball player and then education wise, I can just keep studying and keep improving that that asset.
And let's say you have an insane junior year.
You know, the whole nation that I don't know. So you are.
You're like some top ranked players.
Any chance you might then end up, I guess.
Reclassifying back for 2021.
You know, I don't really see like the need to I think that having an extra year is only gonna benefit me.
I don't really see how that could hurt.
So as of now, I would definitely say that I would stay that actually year.
And are there any guys that animates? So you're really looking forward are lying with? Yeah, definitely.
Um, I've actually been able to play with a few of them before.
I mean, through the New York lining, I was able to play with Reece Clark.
I had a lot of fun playing with them, and I also really looking forward to playing with Avery Brown, Jake Taber off Rohan.
And, yeah, I'm excited.
There's a lot of guys.
It's kind of hard to just name a few.
Yeah, of course they are.
They are pretty stacked team.
And now let's start talking about your recruitment.
So what? Schools have been showing you a lot of love? Uh, as of now, it's been mostly just Ivy League schools.
Ah, I've been in contact with Yale and Harvard, probably the longest.
And, you know, they continuously show Mia love, But ah, you know, a lot of new schools to ah, lot of the a lot of just ivy weeks they've been reaching out some other schools but a lot of you've been showing me a lot of love.
So yeah, again, it's kind of hard toe.
Pick a few schools and let's talk about that with those ivy leagues.
I mean, Yale and Harvard, he said, were the first to reach out.
I mean, those are I leave when someone thinks of the best schools and, uh, I don't know if it's in the world.
I'm serious in the world, but at least best schools in the nation I mean, you're gonna think Harvard and Yale number one and number two.
I don't know which one is better, but I will probably be whichever one Ah, you pick up yonder picking one of those.
But I guess what was that moment like for you knowing that your first ah couple offers were from so was from the nation's top Teoh schools.
Well, they actually haven't offered me yet, but I think it is a center.
Uh, yeah, it's been super exciting, you know, just knowing that I kind of have really good with some really good options, both basketball wise and education wise.
I mean, they're top notch schools, so it's hard to go wrong with either, so yeah, okay.
I was looking because I was wondering what that was on offer.
So you took a visit toe Yale 46 weeks ago.
It looks like how is that visit? I really enjoyed it.
You know, that was actually my second time at Kansas, and I think it was better than the first time.
The first time was just a tour for my older brother, but, uh, one of the assistant coaches, you know, showed me around campus.
I really got a good feel for what life's like there.
And yeah, I could really see myself going to that school.
And also, I visited Harvard to a few weeks later.
Same thing with that school.
I haven't really been there before, and I really got a great fuel for the school.
And let's talk about your older brother, but, well, great to see it.
And how is he Kind of impacted you in your game.
So he is going to be starting this fall at Dartmouth.
He's actually a rower, but he usedto put last ball.
And I honestly think he's had, like, the most impact on me is a basketball clear.
You know, without him, I probably wouldn't have started playing.
I probably would have.
But I started playing at a much younger age, then a lot of people.
And, you know, just having someone older than you Better than me when you're younger to compete against.
I think that really like helping girls a player and has made a huge impact on me now.
And I'm not saying rowing is not a sport, but have you kind of made fun of your brother? Like I'm, like, bawling out on the court, and then you're on a boat rolling with the paddle.
You know, I feel like I couldn't do that just because rowing is such an outstanding sport.
I mean, the amount of, like physical, uh, kind of strength you need to do a score like that. The endurance.
You know, it's kind of hard toe put down someone who grows.
I have a lot of respect for anybody who rose.
I don't want person.
That rose isn't a call like team is not what it's called.
Oh, crew. Adam is called cruelly.
Our has over basic names.
That starts a crew.
Yeah, And, you know, you said how Harvard and Yale have showed interest in you, but work we have any schools offer you is just all a lot of interest.
Oh, I have offers from Bryant Brown and pen as a man.
So two other ivy schools, great schools.
I'm super excited about those offers.
Okay? And that's Ah, so but Yale and Harvard were interesting to you on then, after he got offers and not from them, right? Yeah.
Would I be unexpected? Like what? You kind of expect this first schools our interest in you to be the ones that would offer first, Uh, it's hard to say.
I mean, I'm not too familiar with how the whole process goes, so it's hard for me to say, but, uh, I mean, Harvard and Yale in the past have been like the to top schools in the Ivy League.
So what kind of those makes sense that they have enough expect that, of course, and now has moved away from the Ivy leagues and all of those schools.
One of them that stands out on your list of offers and interest is verging attack.
Do you Do you think that you'll start seeing a lot of high major schools start to show a lot of interest in you soon.
Since you already got one.
Yeah, I think I have the necessary tools to play at a high major school.
So it really just comes down to how much work I'm gonna put in.
And, you know, with these two years and, um, age, I think there's no better place for me to really improve.
You get to that next level, be able to play at one of those high major programs and in the high major program is at a place that you're trying to get to or are.
You may be thinking a little more of going that I view league route like a lot of your N M h piers.
You know, right now, it's really unclear.
I haven't really done too much looking in tow a lot of these high major programs.
I know a lot of them still have incredible academics, and that's something that I'm really looking for in a school.
So as of now, it's just unclear for me.
And you do? God, that'd be Yeah.
Yeah. So you got two years left.
I mean, you got plenty of time.
You'll figure anything.
I mean, who knows where we'll all be even about this time next year.
So it just all Ah, I guess time will tell.
But you said that. Academics.
Something that will really look for in a school besides that.
What else do you want? Another school you choose? Ah, I would say, definitely.
Ah, location does player on it, but I'm not too picky where I end up.
You know, it would be nice for my parents to be able to come watch me play so if it's not super far away from home, But I mean, other than that I haven't really I don't really have anything else that I'm really looking for at the moment.
But I know that as the time goes on, the Rebecca, maybe other things that other factors that look for and next year or and the following years while what are your goals for the rest of the high school season, or for our first time for the rest of your high school seasons? Uh, well, this year it's I kind of don't know what's gonna happen in terms of the season.
But no, I would love to win a knapsack Triple A championship.
And I really think that's in the cards for us, Adam Age and you know, I'm ready to put in the work and get Teoh where we need to be in order to make that happen, You said you live close to an image campus.
I know it's a boarding school.
Will you be staying there as like as the bird as the boarding school? Or will you be coming home? And I'm going back there every day? So I am actually going to boarding there.
I'm super excited.
I think that, you know, playing basketball there.
It's kind of these year.
If that were the case, that I bored.
So that is where I have decided to do, and I'm super excited about it.
And do you know what the whole plan for that is? I mean, everything's up in the air, but do you know when you're supposed to be figuring out whether you will be staying on campus right now? We're not.
So, as of now I will be heading back to will be heading to campus ah, this month so I'm super excited about that.
I know that they have gone over all the necessary precautions that we need to take in order to make it a safe learning experience for everybody.
And, you know, I have nothing but confidence in the staff there that they worked out something that's gonna be very good for students.
And it basketball happens to not work out for you in the future.
Do you have an idea what you maybe wanna be when you grow up? Ah, I haven't put too much thought about that yet just because I got so much time left to decide.
But, you know, I could see myself becoming like an architect.
I mean, I've always had a passion for design, so that really seems like a profession I could pursue in the future.
And what do you want your legacy to be like outside of basketball? Uh, I want to be remembered for being an honest person and for my work ethic.
I think those are two very important values to me.
And I think that if that's how I'm remembered, that I would be very, very happy with that.
And a final question is this isn't really caught up in the interview as much.
But you told me Ah, through tax.
They're kind of getting a new tough Do these interviews and get I guess mixed taste made for you in all this media attention, along with the offers, A lot of stuff.
What has this all been like now? Starting to get a lot of attention and getting your name out there a lot more.
I've really enjoyed it.
You know, this part of the process and becoming Ah, good, great athletes.
So getting used to it has been a little bit a little bit funky, but I'm starting to, and I'm super excited for what's to come on.
What has been funky about it, uh, just haven't really been used to getting this attention.
You know, I really came on kind of at once, so it was really just, like, a surprise to me.
And yeah, everything's pretty new to me, so I just kind of still learning process.
And what do you say? That like it all came out at once? What was if you went viral on YouTube or semi thousands would be.
It all came on at once.
Uh, I would say that I started to kind of have coaches reach out.
It was, like almost all in the same day, so I mean, I wasn't expecting it, and it kind of just happened.
So that's kind of Howard.
Everything kicked off a minute.
And was it really that random? Like you just woke up one morning, maybe like you probably didn't even play basketball game Anytime received, you just woke up and all of a sudden your phones like Hi. Hi.
Were dressed in here.
Yeah, I was kind of how it happened.
Well, that's I mean, I've got what's really cool.
Yeah, And I was super excited when it happened, and it was, like, clearly completely random, out of the blue.
Yeah, I was not expecting it at all.
Yeah, I don't know a lot of players with that, for some reason off for these past, Like feel like anything's I've been doing.
Every single players told me something that no other players like told me about before. I don't know.
Yeah, I'm getting lucky, but that's that's what's so cool.
That's kind of what, like obviously everybody players everyplace Jeezy out to get those calls or anybody's Jews. Justo, wake up.
I want to see their phone buzzing with whatever there trying to do.
But But, I mean, it's kind of crazy that Louise happen to you.
Went to bed like most never thought in your mind.
Probably played no basket games recently.
Just woke up one morning, and and then you're like, Oh, crap.
Like some something very my happened me since that's that.
That's really cool.
You know, move away from on top of that.
This is my final question.
Um, because I know you were visiting the Yellen Harbor with your brother, but were they also knowing that you're a potential law player for them to? And were they doing things with you on that visit as well? Or was it just all about your brother? Ah, when I went, it was only two Gail with my brother, But it was just like a campus tour.
It wasn't really, like sports specific.
It also, they didn't really know that I was even there, so Okay, Yeah, it wasn't really connected, but it was just another chance for you.
Toe visit campus.
Sounds good on dumb.
It's before we conclude the show.
Is there anything you want, Applaud or anybody want shot out? Ah, I want to shout out the mmh team, the coaching staff there.
And I also want to shut out.
Shut out! The New York Lightning squad and Jesse Shapiro.
Yeah, thank you very much for having me on.
I look forward to keeping in touch.
Yeah, of course.
I really appreciate.
Hopefully, wasn't Aza as scary as you thought it might have been? I'm just able you can shout out, you know, shout to them for me as well, because again, without them, we never met.
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