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00:01:05
What's going on, everybody? Isaac place. You're here.
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And welcome to another.
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I hopes recruits, along with some recent recruiting If I've been putting up about some of these guys that I've talked to here on SportsCastr, but he's gonna bring on our guests right now.
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What's going on? My God, how are you? I'm doing good.
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How about you? I'm doing pretty well.
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Thanks for asking me, you know.
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Anyways, let's get right into this interview, so I know.
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I mean, you literally just received it off from VCU.
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Uh, you know, you got that VCU offer today.
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So how did that all wrote down? Um I've been talking with the coaches for a minute over at VCU and Thio.
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I just guessed today was the day where they wanted to extend the offer.
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I mean, I had a good relationship with one assistant coaches that I've been talking to him for, like, a few months now.
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So everything just good.
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And I'm just blessed that I received that looking forward Toa continue the relationship with those guys of BC.
00:02:27
And did you maybe have any feeling that they like the offer was going to come today? Or like, I'm sure it wasn't a surprise you were going to get offered by them, But did you? Maybe, uh, maybe surprised, like today I got the offer.
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Like I was maybe expecting it next week or something like that.
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Yeah, I was surprised, but I am literally, like, just woke up right before they had called, So I mean, I was surprised, definitely was surprised, but it just shows like my hard work is paying off and keep going up.
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And you just said, You know, you just woke up a little bit before they called.
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What if you that caller? Have you ever maybe ever missed a call from a coach before? And what happens? I mean, like, if if you miss a card, I mean e I mean, it's not bad, but I mean, it is only right that you, like, text them or inform them that you were doing something or what? The case That may be so.
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I mean, I never really missed the car.
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Always been around my phone at the right time, so it just blessing.
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But you aren't always on your phone.
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24 7, though, right? No, no, no.
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So, like, how come you're kind of lucky where all the coaches, you know, when they contact you somehow you're on your phone at that right time? I mean, how how is it even possible? I have no clue.
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Maybe, actually, no, That was kind of weird.
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That would be very scary.
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Like if apple and the housing where they kind of give college coaches like where they get special alerts like this guy's on this phone right now. Like that.
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I mean, that could be That could be true, though, like e.
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I could definitely see that happening.
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But I would have to be like, like, Duke or something like one of those schools.
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Like it will be one of those scandal kind of things e and just taking your recruitment, I mean, has really taken off recently.
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So why do you think that you've blown up like this? Uh, I mean, I've been working pretty hard in the gym and just dedicated myself just getting better and just trust in the process.
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And, uh, I had a really good summer over the course of the time that we were able to play with Team Durant.
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And that's, like, one of the best of the best in the nation.
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So just playing for them, getting the right exposure and things like that and just staying grounded, working, Uh, that's just how my recruitment took off.
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And, uh, had a good high school season for my software.
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Had a good sop****re year.
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Um, I won decide the player of the year, uh, decided First team, first team on tournament, uh, second team on Matt.
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So it was I had a good sop****re year and a good, like summer going into my junior year this year, so I mean, I really wasn't expecting to take off as a dead, but I'm just thankful that it had so and I was sick and you know, it taken off.
00:05:14
I mean, you literally got back back offers from Not even to, you know, bad programs like pretty to, you know, one high major program.
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And then one program that be time majors, you know, year and year out.
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You got Georgetown yesterday, VCU today.
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I mean, that's what a lot of players experience.
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And what's it like? You know, getting back to back offers eyes.
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It's crazy.
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I never thought about No, that was like a savior yesterday.
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Xavier off yesterday.
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Oh, wait.
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What? It was it Waas? Yeah, Yeah, we brought out.
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They all look the same.
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You know, Xavier Jorge.
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They all got the same color, so But I mean, it was way.
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Do you have a Georgetown offer? Do not even have one.
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No, I don't have a Georgetown.
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Oh, but how they got to change how they contacted you before or now? Uh, e I was going to say, like, because everyone in the area they all got that Georgetown offer, so I was gonna say like, if they haven't contacted.
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That's kind of weird.
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Yeah.
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We actually had a game at Georgetown University, so Okay, but let me talk.
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So again, you gotta Xavier yesterday.
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You get VCU today.
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I mean, just what's that? Like getting back to back offers? It's crazy.
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It's crazy because everybody just like, Wow, how, like, how do you do it? Just I mean it just really God, at this point, God just blessing me stuff.
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It was It was it was a nice experience And being at Woodrow Wilson High School, water some of your goals for next season, uh, to get back to the city and state championship.
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We lost both last year, so we're eager to get back.
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We got our whole team returning stuff for 22 people had to seniors last year, so I think we've got a good chance of doing that.
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And, uh, just being the best team mate player I can at Wilson.
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I mean, the growth fighter had at Wilson over my first two years there and the growth that the program I had alone wilson really blown up, put a lot of people on notice, so I just wanna keep continue doing that and just putting on for the school in Washington, D. C.
00:07:23
And he said, you know, put people on notice odd stuff.
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But you know, something that they haven't put on notice is, uh, me.
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You know Isaac Fleischer.
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I've never heard of your school before, and I was explained how d M v Basketball kind of works.
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Um, with my interview Ah, couple days ago with the player at Gonzaga, he kind of said, You know, these Top like the top three teams, kind of ST John's, Gonzaga and DeMatha.
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So you know, how come I really haven't heard of Woodrow Wilson before? That's partly because we're a public school, not private school.
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So I mean, we get overlooked about our competition, the league that we're playing the stuff, But we played the same master schedule at the rest of those schools.
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Like my freshman year.
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We played AMG Academy when they were number two in the country.
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They had Josh Green, oa, Farrakhan, Mondo bacon, all those good guys.
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And that year we also played the math or who was number three in the country.
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And he lost it about two points.
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So I mean Wilson.
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We like we get overlooked because we're a public school were not in the same league as, like, all of them, top schools in area like the math and Gonzaga, like the WCC.
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We're not in that league, so they really just overlooking some.
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But I mean way, compete, way fight to the end.
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I mean, we played Gonzaga this year, and the state championship only lost by five, and they had a lot of how major dudes on that team.
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So I just think people should really just are paying respect on Wilson cause we've been to every championship in the last 3 to 4 years.
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I mean, it's just, well, people just overlooking us because waken play definitely we can play and going to a public school.
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You know, I go to public school as well, and I take a lot of pride and go into a public school, especially, you know, I feel like my public school.
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I go to such a good school like, I mean, it's the closest thing you'll ever get to a private school in the public school.
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My opinion, you know, I always have a lot of pride in that is that kind of same with you.
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Like you, like, Do you have a lot of pride? And, you know, I'm going to my school.
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I'm going to for free on.
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We're playing all these teams while you guys were kind of out here, you know, paying $1,000,000 toe house experience while I was kind of getting it, you know, for absolutely zero money.
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Yeah, I take I take a whole lot of prior to going into going to a public school because I know it's like other kids in the area that that want to go to the big schools.
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Like the math of Saint John, all those schools.
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But at a public school, you just work.
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You could make a name for yourself there, so, I mean, I feel like the public and private school.
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I mean, it's a difference.
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Yeah, but public, you can You can do the same things at a private school.
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So in my school, I just think a whole lot of pride into school because, like the students at the school, all great people, they support almost every sport, everything, like anything school related.
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They're they're like, So I just take a lot of pride to that.
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And I really, really love Wilson, and I really don't think I will.
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I'm leaving no time.
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So I think I will graduate from Wilson and just a great school.
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Academics is good, too.
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So I mean, it's the best of both worlds and then socialized great people, like I said and Justin, family environment.
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So yeah, and even though you said, you know, you're able to make your name in a public school, I mean for I feel like for most public school.
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So that's really not the case I get.
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I honestly kind of is impossible toe.
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Make your name at that public school.
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So I mean, how are you able to kind of get the job done and put yourself on the map while not needing to transfer to a big program? Because I think your case is very rare where you are, kind of, you know, getting a ton of offers and getting a ton of attention, but you're still going to public schools.
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For most kids, that really just that's not how it works.
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Yeah, I mean, coach my coach Wilson Culture Hernandez.
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He's well connected with certain people and he's my AU coach, that team to rent to.
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So I'm always around him and he does a great job with my recruitment and stuff like that.
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So that's been at Wilson stand at Wilson plan.
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Just working, working hard every day is really paying off, and I'm starting to make a name for myself.
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But I mean, like, Wilson is just just a place where I could really call home and I can't see myself leaving at all.
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Like from the basketball to the Thio classroom so that people at the school everything just just perfectly find out Wilson for me.
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I feel like it was the best fit.
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Um and yeah, just like like coming out of high school.
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I had, like, some private schools contact me, but I knew that like if I wanted Thio become who I am now, it will be at wolves and everything's working out. Find out.
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So I'm just grateful and looking at the picture behind this is the background eyes.
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You look pretty packed crowds that at your school or what What game was that? Um, that's the city championship.
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It was played at the Mystics Arena down in D C, Southeast, D, C and D. C.
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Basketball's big basketball is big in D.
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C, like justice, football and all other sports.
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So that game really bought, like the whole city out.
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And, uh, we put a lot of people in those that game and what I like what you said the was like like the city championship.
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You said So what is that? Um, that's the That's like the championship for, uh, my league that our school and all the public schools in D. C.
00:12:42
That's the league championship for all of us.
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And, uh, yeah, and then the state championship is where, um, all the private schools and public schools and public charter in D.
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C.
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That's what we all play and compete for one championship.
00:12:58
That's really cool, I think.
00:13:00
So what would this be considered? I guess maybe in a different like, Is that your regional championship? I guess.
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Or do you have a district cause, like my, like my school? I think we're in a district with like maybe six or or four other teams.
00:13:12
So are you also in a district, or is that whole all those public schools in D.
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C. S out your whole section.
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Yeah, that's like the whole section, like all the public schools in decent.
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Yeah, And is that is actually called harder competing because, I mean, you know, my schools and whatever six it is on them, and then they put us in It goes district.
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Then you play in a regional tournament on the winner of regionals, you know, goes to State, and that's only like the Final Four teams.
00:13:36
But it's not even harder for you guys because you're just kind of playing, uh, just one big giant tournament.
00:13:42
Uh, well, not really, because it's only like 14 teams in the league.
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13 and only eight make the playoffs.
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So and then it's like if you get the, um, well, if you don't even you don't have to be the highest.
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You're still gonna have to play a game like you don't get no game like no bad week or anything like that.
00:14:01
So I mean, it's like, you know the top teams and, you know, like the teams that aren't at the top.
00:14:06
So you just know like what's what and what it is.
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So I mean, it's hard.
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Yes, because you're playing the same team twice, and it's hard being the team twice.
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But if you got, like, a good team, great coach, know that you should be fine.
00:14:21
But it's very competitive in our league. Two. Very competitive.
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And also make sure, like when the state championship assets all the teams in D.
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C combined into one.
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It's not.
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It's not all of Maryland.
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Like I was e all right? Yeah.
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I mean, that that would definitely be cool, though. It was all in Maryland.
00:14:41
That would be kind of cool and just going back to being a public school.
00:14:46
Uh, you said how your coaching has a lot of connections at the same.
00:14:49
Maybe for you guys.
00:14:50
Like what? What? What? We're like the What was the event? I guess you went to when he played I m g on.
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Like what? What What event was that? Um, that was the national Who fast about the math of high school? Uh, yeah, that was my second high school game ever.
00:15:07
Yeah.
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So it was pretty big.
00:15:11
Yeah, we'll definitely get that later.
00:15:13
But do you think maybe because again, you know, for public schools just as just as hard as it just as hard as it is for players.
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Get the opportunity just as hard for the school in general.
00:15:22
Latino.
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Get the opportunity to play against some of those big time schools or playing those big events like you, said the National Hoop Test.
00:15:29
So how was your school is in general able to be ableto play in that event? Um, because my freshman year we had we had to.
00:15:39
Maryland commits at the time.
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Like I'm Akil Mitchell.
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We had J he who's the point guard about Boston College right now.
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Um, we also had Dominga Stevens.
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He's at seeing hard now, so we had a lot of like high level talent on that team.
00:15:56
So that brought a lot of attention to the school and to the team.
00:16:00
So that put our name out in a lot of good tournaments.
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We want the city upon for that year, too.
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08 a city.
00:16:07
Yeah, we played down the city upon so that, like them alone, just put us in that position where we could go playing them big tournaments and stuff like that and also without coaches, how they have, like, connections and all that stuff up on how like, how is that possible for your school? Just be so stacked like, what's What's the house like? Obviously that that has to be coincidence.
00:16:31
Where everybody in your area just happened to be.
00:16:34
You know, that good at basketball, where they're going high Major D one Since you know it is a public school, that just kind of what it is like all coincidence.
00:16:40
And that's how they were able to be in your school.
00:16:43
Uh, I mean, yeah, No, because the Metro Twins, they went to my verb before they came toe.
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So Wilson.
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But they're originally from D. C.
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So I mean, it's it's not a coincidence where everybody does, like, go to public school and stuff, but I mean, that was just the case, that wolf.
00:17:02
And so and it's like, what is the kind of show about D.
00:17:08
C.
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Basketball, where the even the public schools like yours ableto have you know, one of the best, uh, lineups in the country? Arguably that year? It shows that d c basketball that does like we're not afraid off nothing and that we're always willing to compete against whoever and I mean with them coming back toe Wilson That just showed that.
00:17:26
Like like D c way got some great players hair stuff.
00:17:33
And you said that I m g game.
00:17:34
That was your second ever high school basketball game.
00:17:37
Yeah.
00:17:38
And did you Did you start in that or coming off the bench? What? What was your role in that game? I was coming off the bench.
00:17:45
Like, did you play a lot or do you can, you know, play for 10 minutes? I played a good amount of minutes for my freshman year.
00:17:53
I mean, it was fun.
00:17:57
Yeah.
00:17:58
I mean, you said it was fun without all scary, because I would ask the question to you.
00:18:01
Maybe if I was like your final game of your whatever that you're a senior planning and I m g team.
00:18:06
But you were a freshman.
00:18:07
I'm playing against those guys where they won the national championship that year without all scary.
00:18:13
And, you know, when you walk out the locker and then you see you know, no affair Con and Josh Green, I'm Armando Bay caught and, uh, you know, even Jaros Walker, who's the same grade as us, who's, uh, pretty big.
00:18:23
At least.
00:18:24
Pretty big for me.
00:18:25
I mean, what were you thinking? You know, once you kind of walked out of the locker room and sell your competition look like it was crazy because it was, like, some of them guys I usedto watch on YouTube and middle school, and now I'm on the same floor.
00:18:37
Is them? So it was just crazy.
00:18:40
It was a crazy atmosphere at the game, but it was shocking.
00:18:43
It was just like I'm actually playing against the number two team.
00:18:46
In a country like wow by me, it's basketball.
00:18:50
So once the jump ball went up, all the nervous when it was just trying to play and who you match up against my game, Uh, I had to guard Josh Green and, um, e I forgot about him.
00:19:10
Yeah, he's good, man.
00:19:11
Yeah.
00:19:12
That team was just crazy stuff.
00:19:13
Did you have toe? Did you guys end up winning or No, We end up losing by.
00:19:19
At least I think we lost by, like, 18.
00:19:23
I think it might have been more, but I think was 18.
00:19:27
Okay.
00:19:28
I mean, that's that's not bad.
00:19:29
And even though you know, all the nerves went away, was what you thought ever in your mind.
00:19:33
Like I'm really guarding Josh Green and Jeremiah Robinson.
00:19:36
Earl Right now.
00:19:37
Or did you really, like, never think that in the game? No, I never really thought about it till, like after the game was over, did you? Did you get any pictures of them? We got to talk to them at all.
00:19:48
No.
00:19:50
Do you think you would have wanted Thio? No.
00:19:55
Just because that's because I was in high school.
00:19:57
Now, if I was still, like, middle school or something, maybe.
00:20:00
But Well, I'm not I mean, for a picture of what? What? What about? Just like to talk to them.
00:20:04
No, no, Still Nah, I wasn't that excited.
00:20:10
And we're in your freshman year.
00:20:12
Like what? In Jeremiah Robinson. Earl.
00:20:14
I'd be like a giant compared to you, though.
00:20:16
Even though, But you're You're 67 though, right? Yeah.
00:20:18
I wasn't 67 then.
00:20:20
I was, like, 66263 Yeah, it wasn't he, like ginormous Hey, was Yeah, I was boney and he was, like, super strong, but yeah, And so why? I mean, what were you kind of giving him, like we're kind of making him work a little bit or how, Like, how are you able toe defend him? I would not have put you on him.
00:20:41
I just think.
00:20:42
Well, I mean, I don't really know how tall 67 is.
00:20:45
I guess, but But I don't know.
00:20:47
I just think, you know, a freshman garden guarding him, and you're not even the center like No way.
00:20:52
It was It was pretty bad.
00:20:55
I was doing detail about it, but it was pretty.
00:20:59
No, no, no. Never.
00:21:01
Uh, but you got a little bit embarrassed.
00:21:06
Her? Yeah, it wasn't that bad, but it was bad on my part.
00:21:12
Yeah, but I mean, if you think about, you know, from no, was he McDonald's all American game? I don't know if he waas Yeah, McDonald's all American Villanova commit.
00:21:22
And you're fresh from, like, you know, you've got to kind of give it your best, and e you can't really get out of that.
00:21:30
Yeah, I mean, I tried.
00:21:34
Yeah, it was that.
00:21:35
I mean, I guess the most well known team you've ever played against her Is there another one, too? Um, we played I played against prolific prep my freshman year.
00:21:46
I played against nation high school in Missouri.
00:21:50
Uh huh.
00:21:53
I played against Mountain Brook who beat mgs City of problems.
00:21:56
I played against my, uh I also played against, uh What's that? Playing games? Uh, I played against Scotland campus, so I'm playing good.
00:22:07
Are they who they have? It was good, I guess, before this year, cause I never heard of them.
00:22:11
Who? Um scholar? Yeah, um, they had I can't remember.
00:22:17
Do name, but he was pretty good.
00:22:18
I think he I forgot what school you went like committed to, but he was pretty good.
00:22:25
But you had a nice team and was we're all, I guess those games with those all played your freshman year.
00:22:33
Yeah.
00:22:35
So come into your sop****re year when you're not playing those teams.
00:22:38
I mean, how is how is this season overall, where you may be like, I wish to kind of play all these teams like, freshman year? Or maybe I guess not having that much fun in your sop****re season just because you're doing all this, your freshman and then software.
00:22:50
You guys kinda took a break from all that.
00:22:53
I mean, it was like I wanted to play against those teams Yeah, but it was just like for the not the singer out team.
00:23:01
But we knew that, like, we wasn't just gonna go out there and play them.
00:23:05
Guys just like to get a name.
00:23:07
Like we knew that our team wasn't like we wasn't the best, but we were gonna compete.
00:23:12
Yeah, but like, matching up wise and all that way wasn't just like there, so I mean, it wasn't really no difference, because my soft one year was Justus funny, my freshman or even fun Earth.
00:23:22
So I mean, it was soft Me, It was still fun.
00:23:27
Still had a lot of fun.
00:23:28
My teammates and we were all young.
00:23:31
So we all come back next year with this year now.
00:23:33
So, yeah, it was still fun.
00:23:37
And, uh, you said, you know, your sop****re year might have been even more fun than a freshman year.
00:23:41
So what made your sop****re year so fun? It was just me having to take on a bigger role, and our team just been, like, full of like, I grew up with all of my teammates, like I had a connection, all of them for years.
00:23:58
So it was just fun playing with them being in school with them every day, just cracking jokes, having fun.
00:24:05
And then it was just like playing on the court with those guys.
00:24:08
I mean, it was it was just incredible just playing with them and, uh, just like all the things I did my sop****re year like from like, the dunks, uh, pass it all that stuff.
00:24:22
I mean, it was just fun.
00:24:24
So it was.
00:24:25
It was definitely like Like that.
00:24:27
I can definitely say that my sop****re year was probably better my freshman year.
00:24:32
And you said all the dunks, all the past.
00:24:35
I even see you have a video with, uh, with 14 point Thio.
00:24:39
You got a few videos of a lot of Ah, a lot of us got one with 14.
00:24:42
2 K and the one with 12.
00:24:44
9 k.
00:24:47
were those like it's your first time you're trying all those flashy moves and all that.
00:24:50
And do you kind of like being a flashy kind of guy on the court? I don't I don't really like to be flashy, but it felt like make a flashy played and I just made a flashy play like it was just that, but I just I really didn't think those videos actually get like that.
00:25:05
But And one of those videos, I had a dunk that made it over time, Twitter page.
00:25:10
So I think that's probably like how it went fiery a little bit.
00:25:13
But, I mean, I'm not really looking for, like, the flashy stuff.
00:25:16
I just wanna go compete, have fun.
00:25:18
Really Something.
00:25:19
Okay.
00:25:20
Yeah.
00:25:21
What? What did you do in those? Uh, yeah, because it seems like, you know, share of normal post, like, how come they went viral? Because I've never seen overtime repost the players like Instagram puzzle for So how are they able to get so many views? Uh, I wasn't, you know, you just think, you know, over time you put your name out there that people searched you up.
00:25:40
I mean, I don't know.
00:25:42
I mean, a lot of people was re posting the videos and stuff like that, So I drew a lot of attention and, uh, in d c.
00:25:49
I'm kind of like, well known in d.
00:25:51
C.
00:25:53
So Yeah, a lot of people would just re posting and stuff like that on by being well known in D.
00:25:58
C.
00:25:59
Do you really mean, like, all of you see, because you know that that's the whole city.
00:26:02
Like or is that Is that what you mean by that? No, not the host.
00:26:05
Like, I'm not like a big star, anything like that.
00:26:08
But, I mean, ah, lot of people in the basketball like basketball world in D.
00:26:13
C.
00:26:14
They know of me and stuff like that.
00:26:16
So I mean, uh, not the whole city, No, but most of the city Because, like, I didn't play almost everywhere in D.
00:26:25
C. So, kid.
00:26:29
And since you are a well known, however, maybe had, like, a like a fan or a little kid maybe ask you for a picture or something like that, or or not yet, Yeah, I have, Um I have that happened to me, like a lot of times after games my sop****re year, Um, like at the city championship, a little kid ran up to me and just like, Oh, you're number two on Wilson s, So I mean, that was cool.
00:26:57
Just had that, And to know that, like someone's, I like a little kid watching me and looking up to me that that really made me just want to keep working.
00:27:06
But, I mean, I just take it all in and I don't really talk about all that stuff.
00:27:10
Really, because I'm I'm humble as it as they could be.
00:27:14
So But, I mean, it's It's fun, though.
00:27:16
It's cool, and it's nice, but I mean, it don't happen often, but it happens sometimes.
00:27:25
And at least I feel like for myself.
00:27:26
If I ever made that point in my life where, you know, maybe I'm a basketball game and also on this kid, like, asked me for a picture I would be.
00:27:33
I guess I would be surprised.
00:27:34
Were you at all surprised when that happens? Wow.
00:27:37
Like this kid asked me for a picture.
00:27:39
Like what? Like I can't believe that Yeah, I was.
00:27:42
I was shocked, like I went and told my mom I like because I never thought that, like, this would happen to me at such a young age.
00:27:50
So I was really I was really shocked, Like excited.
00:27:55
Yeah, that sounds like a like a super awesome experience.
00:27:58
Now I'm gonna take a Boston basketball, and I wanna ask you, Ah, a serve like I'm doing my own little survey with this whole school stuff.
00:28:04
Um, are you guys online school hybrid? Uh, what? What you guys doing for a normal school? And is it harder? Easy? Um, it's online and the school work.
00:28:16
It's it Z not easy, but it's not hard like it makes me think and stuff like that.
00:28:22
But I'm always find a way.
00:28:24
So, like, learn things that catch on fast.
00:28:26
So the only thing that's really hard is like working online tools and stuff like that.
00:28:31
But other than that, school is fun.
00:28:33
It's it's cool right now.
00:28:35
It's what we have to do.
00:28:36
So And what, like, I guess, what you're like.
00:28:40
What are they making you do for the online quality, giving you a ton of homework or barely any homework and all they make you say on Zoom for, you know, seven hours a day or what were they doing? It's not a ton of homework, but well, so we get homework, Uh, and then we do a lot of class working class work on zoom and stuff like that, but they don't make us.
00:29:00
They like the whole time because, like they know where teenagers and stuff like that.
00:29:04
We don't want to just sit there looking at the screen all day, so they, like, split it up like, first half they talk about, like, the class work and what we gotta do and all that, and they'll probably just let us go off.
00:29:16
And if we ever need to, like, come back, anything, they always lead a chat open or something like that.
00:29:20
So is nice.
00:29:23
Yeah.
00:29:24
I mean, all the guys I see this, these are doing the surveys because every single person I've talked to I don't My mom about my room right now.
00:29:30
So you hear this? But every single person I've talked to, you know, because I'm not just talking to God from South Floor, I've talked people.
00:29:36
Now, you know you're in, uh, the D M.
00:29:38
V.
00:29:39
I've talked to people talking someone in Georgia yesterday, and no one has it as bad as my school has been doing it for us.
00:29:45
So, uh, I'm kind of doing this survey because I'm like it just I'm like, it feels like normal school.
00:29:51
Like I wake up tired.
00:29:53
Um, I'm on.
00:29:55
I'm on, You know, Microsoft teams all day, then homework.
00:29:58
What's the time.
00:29:59
So for me, it feels like normal school.
00:30:00
So, honestly, if anyone else has it, uh, as bad as I do, And so far I have not met someone that that does.
00:30:07
Uh, it's very It's very frustrating toe, to say the least.
00:30:13
I don't know what every other state they all have it so easy.
00:30:17
But then just maybe even maybe every county, too.
00:30:20
But it's, you know, just my my county where I live.
00:30:22
They have to do that to us.
00:30:23
Uh, whatever.
00:30:28
Like I can't currently do anything to this week, though.
00:30:30
Has been so bad.
00:30:31
So maybe I'm getting in a groove.
00:30:33
I'm not sure.
00:30:34
Yeah, but I want to know.
00:30:38
I want to talk about that school basketball.
00:30:40
What's the What's the plan for that? I mean, are you still have a season on? Do you? Maybe.
00:30:44
No.
00:30:45
Do you have any big headliner games against top teams? Um e think the season, I think it's up in the air right now.
00:30:52
They're saying we're gonna start, um, like, middle of December late.
00:30:59
I mean, a middle December early January, but we don't really know yet, and, uh, we were supposed to have some big games.
00:31:09
Um, we're trying toe set up a game against Okay, I think, Or like one of good teams by me, I think we're gonna have a few few good a nonconference games if we're allowed to play them, So yeah.
00:31:25
Yeah, I definitely excited for the Oak Hill game, actually, uh, Marley friends like I've interviewed one of their players before. Jalen.
00:31:31
Jalen, Rex.
00:31:32
He's a pretty nice guy, so I'll definitely be on the lookout for that matchup.
00:31:35
Now, you start talking about school and school basketball and all that.
00:31:38
I want to talk about Team Durant, and I know Team Durant.
00:31:41
I do know they're super great program, but, you know, I've interviewed one of the 2023 guys before, so I know there, uh, the 2023 team is super solid.
00:31:49
So tell us about that 2022 team Durant team that you're a part of.
00:31:54
Uh, our team is is nice.
00:31:57
I love our team because we're all We're all pretty young and we all like from from different parts of like, the East Coast, like we got some kids on the team from Pennsylvania.
00:32:09
Um, Merlin, D c.
00:32:11
Virginia.
00:32:12
All that stuff.
00:32:13
It's fun playing with those guys.
00:32:14
Everybody just coming together is one.
00:32:17
Like going from being like the man on your high school team playing with other people.
00:32:21
That was the marrying their team and just planning one.
00:32:24
And that's like the model that Team Durant movies one.
00:32:27
And I think like we really live by that when we're playing with Team different.
00:32:31
So it's really fun playing with, like, some top guys in the country.
00:32:35
And what do you tell me, the top guys on your team? Would you say it Z way? Let me just press on this guy's profile real quick.
00:32:42
Um, would you say that Maybe because I saw this post and they tagged a few of you guys, but definitely your whole team, they're going, like for you.
00:32:48
So it's you, Judi mints.
00:32:51
Shane Lancaster, Last that was his name.
00:32:55
Yeah.
00:32:56
And then and then, uh, Rob Lawson.
00:32:57
So is that Is that like your top of your top four guys? Ah, yeah.
00:33:03
Christian Watson e.
00:33:05
I know him.
00:33:06
He he folded on me, bro.
00:33:08
Supposed to interview this man, but he just couldn't keep making excuses.
00:33:12
I'm like, yeah, whatever.
00:33:13
I don't care that much.
00:33:15
Yeah, Christian.
00:33:16
He's a good player.
00:33:17
I mean, Ah, lot of all our teammates are pretty good.
00:33:20
Yeah, And wait, where's Where's Rob Lawson? It says Archbishop Carroll.
00:33:25
Is that is that in, like, Maryland or Virginia? Or now? Oh, no, that's in D. C.
00:33:31
Okay.
00:33:32
Okay, fine.
00:33:33
So it's in that.
00:33:34
So it seems like all you guys I know Chris Watson goes ST John's, um, then I know.
00:33:40
Without a gym, it's, uh he goes to Gonzaga.
00:33:43
I forgot.
00:33:44
What school? Um, whatever.
00:33:45
Shane, uh, Shane Lancaster goes to, but I know it's not your school.
00:33:49
So there you go.
00:33:50
Hey, where's the guy? And goes to ST John's with Christian.
00:33:55
Okay. Okay, fine.
00:33:56
So to two of them go to the same school with the rest of you got, all you guys are spread out.
00:33:59
So how does that kind of build that DnB basketball community? You know, because all you guys come together in the same way you team during the season, all you guys were playing in a different school.
00:34:09
Yeah.
00:34:10
I mean, uh, it just, like, draw attention to really like the organization and stuff like that, to show that, like, they're just not looking.
00:34:19
And the Denver game players, from like all over that they think that they can help get like the no, the notoriety that they need.
00:34:28
So I mean, just me and those guys.
00:34:30
It's always fun and like we bonded really quickly on Team Durant and, uh, we have, like sometimes we just do a weekend or just team bonding like probably just go out like have fun or something like that by me.
00:34:43
It's always nice meeting new people that played basketball and do the same thing as you.
00:34:47
So it was really fun.
00:34:49
Me and those guys playing with those guys.
00:34:52
But like, what kind of show? About, like, just the D.
00:34:54
M.
00:34:55
V.
00:34:56
Basketball culture, where all you guys, they're all friends.
00:34:57
But you all play different schools of this kind of show that the D.
00:35:00
M v basketball just in general.
00:35:01
It's all kind of one big family where you know you're not in school is Christian Watson, But you guys are all still friends and and all that.
00:35:09
Yeah, that really showed that.
00:35:11
Like like we can all go to different schools.
00:35:14
But when this, like when were playing in the show? Yeah, we're gonna compete. We're gonna go.
00:35:19
We're gonna go at it.
00:35:20
We're gonna have fun and all that.
00:35:21
But when it comes like a your time, we all got play with each other.
00:35:24
Like we're friends at the end of day, Like we all bond with each other.
00:35:27
So it just shows that, like, yeah, we're gonna compete against each other no matter what, make each other better.
00:35:32
So that's really big and deadly culture basketball, like we all know each other.
00:35:36
Really? But when we on the court, we know like, all right, we gotta push each other to get the best of each other.
00:35:41
So it's really fun.
00:35:44
It's really fun.
00:35:46
And was was this like a you summer without the first time playing with all those guys Or where you guys kind of altogether last summer as well? Uh, yeah.
00:35:56
No, There is the first time me playing with those guys.
00:35:58
Some of them guys play with each other before, but we was always like on different AU team, so we would still be playing against each other, which was crazy.
00:36:06
By now, we all played together, which was fun stuff.
00:36:09
It was it was it was nice.
00:36:12
So how is that team they will form if none of you guys really played together last month? Were you real quick? Were you playing a team member? Uh huh.
00:36:20
Were you playing with Team Durant last summer? Yeah, I play.
00:36:23
Yeah, I played 15 with team to write last summer.
00:36:25
Okay, but like, a few of them didn't.
00:36:28
Yeah, some of them playing with team take over.
00:36:32
Okay.
00:36:33
Yeah.
00:36:34
I don't see a few pictures with them in team takeover jerseys, but I guess how is that being able to become a How was he able to get formed? I know that, uh, rudiments.
00:36:42
He was playing crap.
00:36:43
Was it with what team is he playing for? Because he was a t take over.
00:36:47
Yeah.
00:36:48
Yeah, like I know.
00:36:49
I know.
00:36:50
He wasn't playing with you guys until recently.
00:36:51
So how is your team ableto all come together for this summer? Um, it's because, like, Well, like I said, we're all friends and stuff like that.
00:36:59
We bought off the court.
00:37:00
So we all know what each other can do very well in the court.
00:37:02
So when we know that like we're playing with each other we know, like how to play and what to do, where we would be a good team.
00:37:08
And I think it took a while.
00:37:11
But after, like, a few games and stuff, practices and stuff like that just started to Jill quickly.
00:37:15
So So when you say you guys were friends, like I thought you kind of like you guys became friends.
00:37:21
Do the team, Durant.
00:37:22
I don't know.
00:37:23
So before teams around, all the guys were friends.
00:37:25
Yeah.
00:37:26
Okay.
00:37:28
And have you have you discussed teaming up in college with any of those team Durant teammates? Yeah, I talked about I talked about it with Christian Watson and, uh, Judum.
00:37:40
It's I'm really close with those two.
00:37:42
We talked almost like every day, but we definitely talked about it, and we just really exploring.
00:37:51
And I think this interview are I'm not sure there's definitely went a lot longer than expected, but I might have forgot a couple of questions.
00:37:57
Did I ask you what school's been recruiting you the most? I don't think so.
00:38:00
Right.
00:38:02
Uh, yeah.
00:38:03
So you gonna tell us what? What schools have been recruiting you the most? Um, George Washington.
00:38:09
They're definitely recruit me like Hard Roll Island.
00:38:13
Seeing hall eggs, A V, er and, um, rockers those that will find right that recruitment pretty hard And where schools that haven't offered you yet.
00:38:26
Are you expecting to offer you soon? Oh, I think West Virginia they might offer me.
00:38:34
I'm not quite sure.
00:38:35
I mean, I got a good relationship with one of coaches over there.
00:38:38
Um, Clemson.
00:38:40
I have a good relationship with another coach at Clemson.
00:38:43
I've been talking to him since, Like the beginning of quarantines are always like, Well, speaking of ham and, like, always, like, communicate with himself.
00:38:53
I think those two schools might often soon, but it's not.
00:38:57
I mean, I'm still keep working my hardest, but I'm just blessed to even have those schools reaching out to me.
00:39:03
So And crime scene was looking into you even before that June 15th day they were contacting you.
00:39:11
Um, well, no, no, they was They started, like, after June 15.
00:39:17
Oh, very early in that.
00:39:19
Like it was your 15th.
00:39:21
They started contacting you.
00:39:24
Okay.
00:39:25
And when you say you build a strong relationship with the coach is out through them, reaching out to you are going to have a certain connection with them before, before you know, they would reach out to you and all that stuff.
00:39:35
But maybe you were not related to that.
00:39:37
Maybe you were, like, kind of friends of them or something like that.
00:39:39
No, it was like, what? I'm reaching out to me and just text, like talking to me on a daily basis and stuff like that.
00:39:47
Okay.
00:39:48
And what? I guess how you've been able to build those relationships And what sort of things you guys talk about this kind of shows, like, Yeah, we got a really strong bond me in this, coach, Um, some of cultures.
00:39:58
I just talked to him about about life, things like that.
00:40:04
Um, but it's not really like all basketball, but with some of the coaches they always, like, just want to check and see what I'm doing and stuff like that.
00:40:11
So that's how I really built some good relationship with the with the coaches I've encountered on Did any schools that we reach out to you today to check it on you? Yeah.
00:40:22
VCU will.
00:40:24
I reached out West Virginia, reached out to me.
00:40:28
Um, Xavier, I talked that, uh, coach from example almost every day.
00:40:31
So it's pretty cool, All right.
00:40:35
And then my final question at the interview is What are your goals? Once you conclude your high school basketball career, uh, to definitely go to college, definitely go to college and, uh, get my degree.
00:40:49
That's big for me.
00:40:51
Not just like for my family thing, but definitely for me, because I feel like what the degree, like, you could do anything in the world that you want with a meaningful degree and like basketball isn't forever, and the ball is going to stop bouncing at one point.
00:41:04
So you're gonna need something to fall back on, like, in the meantime, to provide for your family and stuff like that.
00:41:10
So just going to college and get a meaningful degree meeting new people, stuff like that and just living life.
00:41:19
Yeah, for sure.
00:41:20
Man, that's awesome.
00:41:21
And before the show, there's anything you wanna plug or anybody wanna shout out.
00:41:25
Uh, alright, wait.
00:41:28
I gotta ask me How do you say your how do you say your last name? You can Alright, that zizi Well before the show, make sure you guys give us a follow on Instagram D.
00:41:38
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00:41:49
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What's going on? My God, how are you? I'm doing good.
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How about you? I'm doing pretty well.
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Thanks for asking me, you know.
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Anyways, let's get right into this interview, so I know.
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I mean, you literally just received it off from VCU.
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Uh, you know, you got that VCU offer today.
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So how did that all wrote down? Um I've been talking with the coaches for a minute over at VCU and Thio.
00:02:06
I just guessed today was the day where they wanted to extend the offer.
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I mean, I had a good relationship with one assistant coaches that I've been talking to him for, like, a few months now.
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So everything just good.
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And I'm just blessed that I received that looking forward Toa continue the relationship with those guys of BC.
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And did you maybe have any feeling that they like the offer was going to come today? Or like, I'm sure it wasn't a surprise you were going to get offered by them, But did you? Maybe, uh, maybe surprised, like today I got the offer.
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Like I was maybe expecting it next week or something like that.
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Yeah, I was surprised, but I am literally, like, just woke up right before they had called, So I mean, I was surprised, definitely was surprised, but it just shows like my hard work is paying off and keep going up.
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And you just said, You know, you just woke up a little bit before they called.
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What if you that caller? Have you ever maybe ever missed a call from a coach before? And what happens? I mean, like, if if you miss a card, I mean e I mean, it's not bad, but I mean, it is only right that you, like, text them or inform them that you were doing something or what? The case That may be so.
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I mean, I never really missed the car.
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Always been around my phone at the right time, so it just blessing.
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But you aren't always on your phone.
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24 7, though, right? No, no, no.
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So, like, how come you're kind of lucky where all the coaches, you know, when they contact you somehow you're on your phone at that right time? I mean, how how is it even possible? I have no clue.
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Maybe, actually, no, That was kind of weird.
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That would be very scary.
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Like if apple and the housing where they kind of give college coaches like where they get special alerts like this guy's on this phone right now. Like that.
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I mean, that could be That could be true, though, like e.
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I could definitely see that happening.
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But I would have to be like, like, Duke or something like one of those schools.
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Like it will be one of those scandal kind of things e and just taking your recruitment, I mean, has really taken off recently.
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So why do you think that you've blown up like this? Uh, I mean, I've been working pretty hard in the gym and just dedicated myself just getting better and just trust in the process.
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And, uh, I had a really good summer over the course of the time that we were able to play with Team Durant.
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And that's, like, one of the best of the best in the nation.
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So just playing for them, getting the right exposure and things like that and just staying grounded, working, Uh, that's just how my recruitment took off.
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And, uh, had a good high school season for my software.
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Had a good sop****re year.
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Um, I won decide the player of the year, uh, decided First team, first team on tournament, uh, second team on Matt.
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So it was I had a good sop****re year and a good, like summer going into my junior year this year, so I mean, I really wasn't expecting to take off as a dead, but I'm just thankful that it had so and I was sick and you know, it taken off.
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I mean, you literally got back back offers from Not even to, you know, bad programs like pretty to, you know, one high major program.
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And then one program that be time majors, you know, year and year out.
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You got Georgetown yesterday, VCU today.
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I mean, that's what a lot of players experience.
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And what's it like? You know, getting back to back offers eyes.
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It's crazy.
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I never thought about No, that was like a savior yesterday.
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Xavier off yesterday.
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Oh, wait.
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What? It was it Waas? Yeah, Yeah, we brought out.
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They all look the same.
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You know, Xavier Jorge.
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They all got the same color, so But I mean, it was way.
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Do you have a Georgetown offer? Do not even have one.
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No, I don't have a Georgetown.
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Oh, but how they got to change how they contacted you before or now? Uh, e I was going to say, like, because everyone in the area they all got that Georgetown offer, so I was gonna say like, if they haven't contacted.
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That's kind of weird.
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Yeah.
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We actually had a game at Georgetown University, so Okay, but let me talk.
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So again, you gotta Xavier yesterday.
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You get VCU today.
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I mean, just what's that? Like getting back to back offers? It's crazy.
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It's crazy because everybody just like, Wow, how, like, how do you do it? Just I mean it just really God, at this point, God just blessing me stuff.
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It was It was it was a nice experience And being at Woodrow Wilson High School, water some of your goals for next season, uh, to get back to the city and state championship.
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We lost both last year, so we're eager to get back.
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We got our whole team returning stuff for 22 people had to seniors last year, so I think we've got a good chance of doing that.
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And, uh, just being the best team mate player I can at Wilson.
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I mean, the growth fighter had at Wilson over my first two years there and the growth that the program I had alone wilson really blown up, put a lot of people on notice, so I just wanna keep continue doing that and just putting on for the school in Washington, D. C.
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And he said, you know, put people on notice odd stuff.
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But you know, something that they haven't put on notice is, uh, me.
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You know Isaac Fleischer.
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I've never heard of your school before, and I was explained how d M v Basketball kind of works.
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Um, with my interview Ah, couple days ago with the player at Gonzaga, he kind of said, You know, these Top like the top three teams, kind of ST John's, Gonzaga and DeMatha.
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So you know, how come I really haven't heard of Woodrow Wilson before? That's partly because we're a public school, not private school.
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So I mean, we get overlooked about our competition, the league that we're playing the stuff, But we played the same master schedule at the rest of those schools.
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Like my freshman year.
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We played AMG Academy when they were number two in the country.
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They had Josh Green, oa, Farrakhan, Mondo bacon, all those good guys.
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And that year we also played the math or who was number three in the country.
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And he lost it about two points.
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So I mean Wilson.
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We like we get overlooked because we're a public school were not in the same league as, like, all of them, top schools in area like the math and Gonzaga, like the WCC.
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We're not in that league, so they really just overlooking some.
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But I mean way, compete, way fight to the end.
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I mean, we played Gonzaga this year, and the state championship only lost by five, and they had a lot of how major dudes on that team.
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So I just think people should really just are paying respect on Wilson cause we've been to every championship in the last 3 to 4 years.
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I mean, it's just, well, people just overlooking us because waken play definitely we can play and going to a public school.
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You know, I go to public school as well, and I take a lot of pride and go into a public school, especially, you know, I feel like my public school.
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I go to such a good school like, I mean, it's the closest thing you'll ever get to a private school in the public school.
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My opinion, you know, I always have a lot of pride in that is that kind of same with you.
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Like you, like, Do you have a lot of pride? And, you know, I'm going to my school.
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I'm going to for free on.
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We're playing all these teams while you guys were kind of out here, you know, paying $1,000,000 toe house experience while I was kind of getting it, you know, for absolutely zero money.
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Yeah, I take I take a whole lot of prior to going into going to a public school because I know it's like other kids in the area that that want to go to the big schools.
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Like the math of Saint John, all those schools.
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But at a public school, you just work.
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You could make a name for yourself there, so, I mean, I feel like the public and private school.
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I mean, it's a difference.
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Yeah, but public, you can You can do the same things at a private school.
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So in my school, I just think a whole lot of pride into school because, like the students at the school, all great people, they support almost every sport, everything, like anything school related.
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They're they're like, So I just take a lot of pride to that.
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And I really, really love Wilson, and I really don't think I will.
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I'm leaving no time.
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So I think I will graduate from Wilson and just a great school.
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Academics is good, too.
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So I mean, it's the best of both worlds and then socialized great people, like I said and Justin, family environment.
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So yeah, and even though you said, you know, you're able to make your name in a public school, I mean for I feel like for most public school.
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So that's really not the case I get.
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I honestly kind of is impossible toe.
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Make your name at that public school.
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So I mean, how are you able to kind of get the job done and put yourself on the map while not needing to transfer to a big program? Because I think your case is very rare where you are, kind of, you know, getting a ton of offers and getting a ton of attention, but you're still going to public schools.
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For most kids, that really just that's not how it works.
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Yeah, I mean, coach my coach Wilson Culture Hernandez.
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He's well connected with certain people and he's my AU coach, that team to rent to.
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So I'm always around him and he does a great job with my recruitment and stuff like that.
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So that's been at Wilson stand at Wilson plan.
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Just working, working hard every day is really paying off, and I'm starting to make a name for myself.
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But I mean, like, Wilson is just just a place where I could really call home and I can't see myself leaving at all.
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Like from the basketball to the Thio classroom so that people at the school everything just just perfectly find out Wilson for me.
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I feel like it was the best fit.
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Um and yeah, just like like coming out of high school.
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I had, like, some private schools contact me, but I knew that like if I wanted Thio become who I am now, it will be at wolves and everything's working out. Find out.
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So I'm just grateful and looking at the picture behind this is the background eyes.
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You look pretty packed crowds that at your school or what What game was that? Um, that's the city championship.
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It was played at the Mystics Arena down in D C, Southeast, D, C and D. C.
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Basketball's big basketball is big in D.
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C, like justice, football and all other sports.
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So that game really bought, like the whole city out.
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And, uh, we put a lot of people in those that game and what I like what you said the was like like the city championship.
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You said So what is that? Um, that's the That's like the championship for, uh, my league that our school and all the public schools in D. C.
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That's the league championship for all of us.
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And, uh, yeah, and then the state championship is where, um, all the private schools and public schools and public charter in D.
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C.
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That's what we all play and compete for one championship.
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That's really cool, I think.
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So what would this be considered? I guess maybe in a different like, Is that your regional championship? I guess.
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Or do you have a district cause, like my, like my school? I think we're in a district with like maybe six or or four other teams.
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So are you also in a district, or is that whole all those public schools in D.
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C. S out your whole section.
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Yeah, that's like the whole section, like all the public schools in decent.
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Yeah, And is that is actually called harder competing because, I mean, you know, my schools and whatever six it is on them, and then they put us in It goes district.
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Then you play in a regional tournament on the winner of regionals, you know, goes to State, and that's only like the Final Four teams.
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But it's not even harder for you guys because you're just kind of playing, uh, just one big giant tournament.
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Uh, well, not really, because it's only like 14 teams in the league.
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13 and only eight make the playoffs.
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So and then it's like if you get the, um, well, if you don't even you don't have to be the highest.
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You're still gonna have to play a game like you don't get no game like no bad week or anything like that.
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So I mean, it's like, you know the top teams and, you know, like the teams that aren't at the top.
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So you just know like what's what and what it is.
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So I mean, it's hard.
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Yes, because you're playing the same team twice, and it's hard being the team twice.
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But if you got, like, a good team, great coach, know that you should be fine.
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But it's very competitive in our league. Two. Very competitive.
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And also make sure, like when the state championship assets all the teams in D.
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C combined into one.
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It's not.
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It's not all of Maryland.
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Like I was e all right? Yeah.
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I mean, that that would definitely be cool, though. It was all in Maryland.
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That would be kind of cool and just going back to being a public school.
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Uh, you said how your coaching has a lot of connections at the same.
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Maybe for you guys.
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Like what? What? What? We're like the What was the event? I guess you went to when he played I m g on.
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Like what? What What event was that? Um, that was the national Who fast about the math of high school? Uh, yeah, that was my second high school game ever.
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Yeah.
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So it was pretty big.
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Yeah, we'll definitely get that later.
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But do you think maybe because again, you know, for public schools just as just as hard as it just as hard as it is for players.
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Get the opportunity just as hard for the school in general.
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Latino.
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Get the opportunity to play against some of those big time schools or playing those big events like you, said the National Hoop Test.
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So how was your school is in general able to be ableto play in that event? Um, because my freshman year we had we had to.
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Maryland commits at the time.
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Like I'm Akil Mitchell.
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We had J he who's the point guard about Boston College right now.
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Um, we also had Dominga Stevens.
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He's at seeing hard now, so we had a lot of like high level talent on that team.
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So that brought a lot of attention to the school and to the team.
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So that put our name out in a lot of good tournaments.
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We want the city upon for that year, too.
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08 a city.
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Yeah, we played down the city upon so that, like them alone, just put us in that position where we could go playing them big tournaments and stuff like that and also without coaches, how they have, like, connections and all that stuff up on how like, how is that possible for your school? Just be so stacked like, what's What's the house like? Obviously that that has to be coincidence.
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Where everybody in your area just happened to be.
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You know, that good at basketball, where they're going high Major D one Since you know it is a public school, that just kind of what it is like all coincidence.
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And that's how they were able to be in your school.
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Uh, I mean, yeah, No, because the Metro Twins, they went to my verb before they came toe.
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So Wilson.
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But they're originally from D. C.
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So I mean, it's it's not a coincidence where everybody does, like, go to public school and stuff, but I mean, that was just the case, that wolf.
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And so and it's like, what is the kind of show about D.
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C.
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Basketball, where the even the public schools like yours ableto have you know, one of the best, uh, lineups in the country? Arguably that year? It shows that d c basketball that does like we're not afraid off nothing and that we're always willing to compete against whoever and I mean with them coming back toe Wilson That just showed that.
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Like like D c way got some great players hair stuff.
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And you said that I m g game.
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That was your second ever high school basketball game.
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Yeah.
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And did you Did you start in that or coming off the bench? What? What was your role in that game? I was coming off the bench.
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Like, did you play a lot or do you can, you know, play for 10 minutes? I played a good amount of minutes for my freshman year.
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I mean, it was fun.
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Yeah.
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I mean, you said it was fun without all scary, because I would ask the question to you.
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Maybe if I was like your final game of your whatever that you're a senior planning and I m g team.
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But you were a freshman.
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I'm playing against those guys where they won the national championship that year without all scary.
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And, you know, when you walk out the locker and then you see you know, no affair Con and Josh Green, I'm Armando Bay caught and, uh, you know, even Jaros Walker, who's the same grade as us, who's, uh, pretty big.
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At least.
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Pretty big for me.
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I mean, what were you thinking? You know, once you kind of walked out of the locker room and sell your competition look like it was crazy because it was, like, some of them guys I usedto watch on YouTube and middle school, and now I'm on the same floor.
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Is them? So it was just crazy.
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It was a crazy atmosphere at the game, but it was shocking.
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It was just like I'm actually playing against the number two team.
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In a country like wow by me, it's basketball.
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So once the jump ball went up, all the nervous when it was just trying to play and who you match up against my game, Uh, I had to guard Josh Green and, um, e I forgot about him.
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Yeah, he's good, man.
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Yeah.
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That team was just crazy stuff.
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Did you have toe? Did you guys end up winning or No, We end up losing by.
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At least I think we lost by, like, 18.
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I think it might have been more, but I think was 18.
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Okay.
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I mean, that's that's not bad.
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And even though you know, all the nerves went away, was what you thought ever in your mind.
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Like I'm really guarding Josh Green and Jeremiah Robinson.
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Earl Right now.
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Or did you really, like, never think that in the game? No, I never really thought about it till, like after the game was over, did you? Did you get any pictures of them? We got to talk to them at all.
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No.
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Do you think you would have wanted Thio? No.
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Just because that's because I was in high school.
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Now, if I was still, like, middle school or something, maybe.
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But Well, I'm not I mean, for a picture of what? What? What about? Just like to talk to them.
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No, no, Still Nah, I wasn't that excited.
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And we're in your freshman year.
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Like what? In Jeremiah Robinson. Earl.
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I'd be like a giant compared to you, though.
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Even though, But you're You're 67 though, right? Yeah.
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I wasn't 67 then.
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I was, like, 66263 Yeah, it wasn't he, like ginormous Hey, was Yeah, I was boney and he was, like, super strong, but yeah, And so why? I mean, what were you kind of giving him, like we're kind of making him work a little bit or how, Like, how are you able toe defend him? I would not have put you on him.
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I just think.
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Well, I mean, I don't really know how tall 67 is.
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I guess, but But I don't know.
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I just think, you know, a freshman garden guarding him, and you're not even the center like No way.
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It was It was pretty bad.
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I was doing detail about it, but it was pretty.
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No, no, no. Never.
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Uh, but you got a little bit embarrassed.
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Her? Yeah, it wasn't that bad, but it was bad on my part.
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Yeah, but I mean, if you think about, you know, from no, was he McDonald's all American game? I don't know if he waas Yeah, McDonald's all American Villanova commit.
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And you're fresh from, like, you know, you've got to kind of give it your best, and e you can't really get out of that.
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Yeah, I mean, I tried.
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Yeah, it was that.
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I mean, I guess the most well known team you've ever played against her Is there another one, too? Um, we played I played against prolific prep my freshman year.
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I played against nation high school in Missouri.
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Uh huh.
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I played against Mountain Brook who beat mgs City of problems.
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I played against my, uh I also played against, uh What's that? Playing games? Uh, I played against Scotland campus, so I'm playing good.
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Are they who they have? It was good, I guess, before this year, cause I never heard of them.
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Who? Um scholar? Yeah, um, they had I can't remember.
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Do name, but he was pretty good.
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I think he I forgot what school you went like committed to, but he was pretty good.
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But you had a nice team and was we're all, I guess those games with those all played your freshman year.
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Yeah.
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So come into your sop****re year when you're not playing those teams.
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I mean, how is how is this season overall, where you may be like, I wish to kind of play all these teams like, freshman year? Or maybe I guess not having that much fun in your sop****re season just because you're doing all this, your freshman and then software.
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You guys kinda took a break from all that.
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I mean, it was like I wanted to play against those teams Yeah, but it was just like for the not the singer out team.
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But we knew that, like, we wasn't just gonna go out there and play them.
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Guys just like to get a name.
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Like we knew that our team wasn't like we wasn't the best, but we were gonna compete.
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Yeah, but like, matching up wise and all that way wasn't just like there, so I mean, it wasn't really no difference, because my soft one year was Justus funny, my freshman or even fun Earth.
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So I mean, it was soft Me, It was still fun.
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Still had a lot of fun.
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My teammates and we were all young.
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So we all come back next year with this year now.
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So, yeah, it was still fun.
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And, uh, you said, you know, your sop****re year might have been even more fun than a freshman year.
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So what made your sop****re year so fun? It was just me having to take on a bigger role, and our team just been, like, full of like, I grew up with all of my teammates, like I had a connection, all of them for years.
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So it was just fun playing with them being in school with them every day, just cracking jokes, having fun.
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And then it was just like playing on the court with those guys.
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I mean, it was it was just incredible just playing with them and, uh, just like all the things I did my sop****re year like from like, the dunks, uh, pass it all that stuff.
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I mean, it was just fun.
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So it was.
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It was definitely like Like that.
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I can definitely say that my sop****re year was probably better my freshman year.
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And you said all the dunks, all the past.
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I even see you have a video with, uh, with 14 point Thio.
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You got a few videos of a lot of Ah, a lot of us got one with 14.
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2 K and the one with 12.
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9 k.
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were those like it's your first time you're trying all those flashy moves and all that.
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And do you kind of like being a flashy kind of guy on the court? I don't I don't really like to be flashy, but it felt like make a flashy played and I just made a flashy play like it was just that, but I just I really didn't think those videos actually get like that.
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But And one of those videos, I had a dunk that made it over time, Twitter page.
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So I think that's probably like how it went fiery a little bit.
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But, I mean, I'm not really looking for, like, the flashy stuff.
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I just wanna go compete, have fun.
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Really Something.
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Okay.
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Yeah.
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What? What did you do in those? Uh, yeah, because it seems like, you know, share of normal post, like, how come they went viral? Because I've never seen overtime repost the players like Instagram puzzle for So how are they able to get so many views? Uh, I wasn't, you know, you just think, you know, over time you put your name out there that people searched you up.
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I mean, I don't know.
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I mean, a lot of people was re posting the videos and stuff like that, So I drew a lot of attention and, uh, in d c.
00:25:49
I'm kind of like, well known in d.
00:25:51
C.
00:25:53
So Yeah, a lot of people would just re posting and stuff like that on by being well known in D.
00:25:58
C.
00:25:59
Do you really mean, like, all of you see, because you know that that's the whole city.
00:26:02
Like or is that Is that what you mean by that? No, not the host.
00:26:05
Like, I'm not like a big star, anything like that.
00:26:08
But, I mean, ah, lot of people in the basketball like basketball world in D.
00:26:13
C.
00:26:14
They know of me and stuff like that.
00:26:16
So I mean, uh, not the whole city, No, but most of the city Because, like, I didn't play almost everywhere in D.
00:26:25
C. So, kid.
00:26:29
And since you are a well known, however, maybe had, like, a like a fan or a little kid maybe ask you for a picture or something like that, or or not yet, Yeah, I have, Um I have that happened to me, like a lot of times after games my sop****re year, Um, like at the city championship, a little kid ran up to me and just like, Oh, you're number two on Wilson s, So I mean, that was cool.
00:26:57
Just had that, And to know that, like someone's, I like a little kid watching me and looking up to me that that really made me just want to keep working.
00:27:06
But, I mean, I just take it all in and I don't really talk about all that stuff.
00:27:10
Really, because I'm I'm humble as it as they could be.
00:27:14
So But, I mean, it's It's fun, though.
00:27:16
It's cool, and it's nice, but I mean, it don't happen often, but it happens sometimes.
00:27:25
And at least I feel like for myself.
00:27:26
If I ever made that point in my life where, you know, maybe I'm a basketball game and also on this kid, like, asked me for a picture I would be.
00:27:33
I guess I would be surprised.
00:27:34
Were you at all surprised when that happens? Wow.
00:27:37
Like this kid asked me for a picture.
00:27:39
Like what? Like I can't believe that Yeah, I was.
00:27:42
I was shocked, like I went and told my mom I like because I never thought that, like, this would happen to me at such a young age.
00:27:50
So I was really I was really shocked, Like excited.
00:27:55
Yeah, that sounds like a like a super awesome experience.
00:27:58
Now I'm gonna take a Boston basketball, and I wanna ask you, Ah, a serve like I'm doing my own little survey with this whole school stuff.
00:28:04
Um, are you guys online school hybrid? Uh, what? What you guys doing for a normal school? And is it harder? Easy? Um, it's online and the school work.
00:28:16
It's it Z not easy, but it's not hard like it makes me think and stuff like that.
00:28:22
But I'm always find a way.
00:28:24
So, like, learn things that catch on fast.
00:28:26
So the only thing that's really hard is like working online tools and stuff like that.
00:28:31
But other than that, school is fun.
00:28:33
It's it's cool right now.
00:28:35
It's what we have to do.
00:28:36
So And what, like, I guess, what you're like.
00:28:40
What are they making you do for the online quality, giving you a ton of homework or barely any homework and all they make you say on Zoom for, you know, seven hours a day or what were they doing? It's not a ton of homework, but well, so we get homework, Uh, and then we do a lot of class working class work on zoom and stuff like that, but they don't make us.
00:29:00
They like the whole time because, like they know where teenagers and stuff like that.
00:29:04
We don't want to just sit there looking at the screen all day, so they, like, split it up like, first half they talk about, like, the class work and what we gotta do and all that, and they'll probably just let us go off.
00:29:16
And if we ever need to, like, come back, anything, they always lead a chat open or something like that.
00:29:20
So is nice.
00:29:23
Yeah.
00:29:24
I mean, all the guys I see this, these are doing the surveys because every single person I've talked to I don't My mom about my room right now.
00:29:30
So you hear this? But every single person I've talked to, you know, because I'm not just talking to God from South Floor, I've talked people.
00:29:36
Now, you know you're in, uh, the D M.
00:29:38
V.
00:29:39
I've talked to people talking someone in Georgia yesterday, and no one has it as bad as my school has been doing it for us.
00:29:45
So, uh, I'm kind of doing this survey because I'm like it just I'm like, it feels like normal school.
00:29:51
Like I wake up tired.
00:29:53
Um, I'm on.
00:29:55
I'm on, You know, Microsoft teams all day, then homework.
00:29:58
What's the time.
00:29:59
So for me, it feels like normal school.
00:30:00
So, honestly, if anyone else has it, uh, as bad as I do, And so far I have not met someone that that does.
00:30:07
Uh, it's very It's very frustrating toe, to say the least.
00:30:13
I don't know what every other state they all have it so easy.
00:30:17
But then just maybe even maybe every county, too.
00:30:20
But it's, you know, just my my county where I live.
00:30:22
They have to do that to us.
00:30:23
Uh, whatever.
00:30:28
Like I can't currently do anything to this week, though.
00:30:30
Has been so bad.
00:30:31
So maybe I'm getting in a groove.
00:30:33
I'm not sure.
00:30:34
Yeah, but I want to know.
00:30:38
I want to talk about that school basketball.
00:30:40
What's the What's the plan for that? I mean, are you still have a season on? Do you? Maybe.
00:30:44
No.
00:30:45
Do you have any big headliner games against top teams? Um e think the season, I think it's up in the air right now.
00:30:52
They're saying we're gonna start, um, like, middle of December late.
00:30:59
I mean, a middle December early January, but we don't really know yet, and, uh, we were supposed to have some big games.
00:31:09
Um, we're trying toe set up a game against Okay, I think, Or like one of good teams by me, I think we're gonna have a few few good a nonconference games if we're allowed to play them, So yeah.
00:31:25
Yeah, I definitely excited for the Oak Hill game, actually, uh, Marley friends like I've interviewed one of their players before. Jalen.
00:31:31
Jalen, Rex.
00:31:32
He's a pretty nice guy, so I'll definitely be on the lookout for that matchup.
00:31:35
Now, you start talking about school and school basketball and all that.
00:31:38
I want to talk about Team Durant, and I know Team Durant.
00:31:41
I do know they're super great program, but, you know, I've interviewed one of the 2023 guys before, so I know there, uh, the 2023 team is super solid.
00:31:49
So tell us about that 2022 team Durant team that you're a part of.
00:31:54
Uh, our team is is nice.
00:31:57
I love our team because we're all We're all pretty young and we all like from from different parts of like, the East Coast, like we got some kids on the team from Pennsylvania.
00:32:09
Um, Merlin, D c.
00:32:11
Virginia.
00:32:12
All that stuff.
00:32:13
It's fun playing with those guys.
00:32:14
Everybody just coming together is one.
00:32:17
Like going from being like the man on your high school team playing with other people.
00:32:21
That was the marrying their team and just planning one.
00:32:24
And that's like the model that Team Durant movies one.
00:32:27
And I think like we really live by that when we're playing with Team different.
00:32:31
So it's really fun playing with, like, some top guys in the country.
00:32:35
And what do you tell me, the top guys on your team? Would you say it Z way? Let me just press on this guy's profile real quick.
00:32:42
Um, would you say that Maybe because I saw this post and they tagged a few of you guys, but definitely your whole team, they're going, like for you.
00:32:48
So it's you, Judi mints.
00:32:51
Shane Lancaster, Last that was his name.
00:32:55
Yeah.
00:32:56
And then and then, uh, Rob Lawson.
00:32:57
So is that Is that like your top of your top four guys? Ah, yeah.
00:33:03
Christian Watson e.
00:33:05
I know him.
00:33:06
He he folded on me, bro.
00:33:08
Supposed to interview this man, but he just couldn't keep making excuses.
00:33:12
I'm like, yeah, whatever.
00:33:13
I don't care that much.
00:33:15
Yeah, Christian.
00:33:16
He's a good player.
00:33:17
I mean, Ah, lot of all our teammates are pretty good.
00:33:20
Yeah, And wait, where's Where's Rob Lawson? It says Archbishop Carroll.
00:33:25
Is that is that in, like, Maryland or Virginia? Or now? Oh, no, that's in D. C.
00:33:31
Okay.
00:33:32
Okay, fine.
00:33:33
So it's in that.
00:33:34
So it seems like all you guys I know Chris Watson goes ST John's, um, then I know.
00:33:40
Without a gym, it's, uh he goes to Gonzaga.
00:33:43
I forgot.
00:33:44
What school? Um, whatever.
00:33:45
Shane, uh, Shane Lancaster goes to, but I know it's not your school.
00:33:49
So there you go.
00:33:50
Hey, where's the guy? And goes to ST John's with Christian.
00:33:55
Okay. Okay, fine.
00:33:56
So to two of them go to the same school with the rest of you got, all you guys are spread out.
00:33:59
So how does that kind of build that DnB basketball community? You know, because all you guys come together in the same way you team during the season, all you guys were playing in a different school.
00:34:09
Yeah.
00:34:10
I mean, uh, it just, like, draw attention to really like the organization and stuff like that, to show that, like, they're just not looking.
00:34:19
And the Denver game players, from like all over that they think that they can help get like the no, the notoriety that they need.
00:34:28
So I mean, just me and those guys.
00:34:30
It's always fun and like we bonded really quickly on Team Durant and, uh, we have, like sometimes we just do a weekend or just team bonding like probably just go out like have fun or something like that by me.
00:34:43
It's always nice meeting new people that played basketball and do the same thing as you.
00:34:47
So it was really fun.
00:34:49
Me and those guys playing with those guys.
00:34:52
But like, what kind of show? About, like, just the D.
00:34:54
M.
00:34:55
V.
00:34:56
Basketball culture, where all you guys, they're all friends.
00:34:57
But you all play different schools of this kind of show that the D.
00:35:00
M v basketball just in general.
00:35:01
It's all kind of one big family where you know you're not in school is Christian Watson, But you guys are all still friends and and all that.
00:35:09
Yeah, that really showed that.
00:35:11
Like like we can all go to different schools.
00:35:14
But when this, like when were playing in the show? Yeah, we're gonna compete. We're gonna go.
00:35:19
We're gonna go at it.
00:35:20
We're gonna have fun and all that.
00:35:21
But when it comes like a your time, we all got play with each other.
00:35:24
Like we're friends at the end of day, Like we all bond with each other.
00:35:27
So it just shows that, like, yeah, we're gonna compete against each other no matter what, make each other better.
00:35:32
So that's really big and deadly culture basketball, like we all know each other.
00:35:36
Really? But when we on the court, we know like, all right, we gotta push each other to get the best of each other.
00:35:41
So it's really fun.
00:35:44
It's really fun.
00:35:46
And was was this like a you summer without the first time playing with all those guys Or where you guys kind of altogether last summer as well? Uh, yeah.
00:35:56
No, There is the first time me playing with those guys.
00:35:58
Some of them guys play with each other before, but we was always like on different AU team, so we would still be playing against each other, which was crazy.
00:36:06
By now, we all played together, which was fun stuff.
00:36:09
It was it was it was nice.
00:36:12
So how is that team they will form if none of you guys really played together last month? Were you real quick? Were you playing a team member? Uh huh.
00:36:20
Were you playing with Team Durant last summer? Yeah, I play.
00:36:23
Yeah, I played 15 with team to write last summer.
00:36:25
Okay, but like, a few of them didn't.
00:36:28
Yeah, some of them playing with team take over.
00:36:32
Okay.
00:36:33
Yeah.
00:36:34
I don't see a few pictures with them in team takeover jerseys, but I guess how is that being able to become a How was he able to get formed? I know that, uh, rudiments.
00:36:42
He was playing crap.
00:36:43
Was it with what team is he playing for? Because he was a t take over.
00:36:47
Yeah.
00:36:48
Yeah, like I know.
00:36:49
I know.
00:36:50
He wasn't playing with you guys until recently.
00:36:51
So how is your team ableto all come together for this summer? Um, it's because, like, Well, like I said, we're all friends and stuff like that.
00:36:59
We bought off the court.
00:37:00
So we all know what each other can do very well in the court.
00:37:02
So when we know that like we're playing with each other we know, like how to play and what to do, where we would be a good team.
00:37:08
And I think it took a while.
00:37:11
But after, like, a few games and stuff, practices and stuff like that just started to Jill quickly.
00:37:15
So So when you say you guys were friends, like I thought you kind of like you guys became friends.
00:37:21
Do the team, Durant.
00:37:22
I don't know.
00:37:23
So before teams around, all the guys were friends.
00:37:25
Yeah.
00:37:26
Okay.
00:37:28
And have you have you discussed teaming up in college with any of those team Durant teammates? Yeah, I talked about I talked about it with Christian Watson and, uh, Judum.
00:37:40
It's I'm really close with those two.
00:37:42
We talked almost like every day, but we definitely talked about it, and we just really exploring.
00:37:51
And I think this interview are I'm not sure there's definitely went a lot longer than expected, but I might have forgot a couple of questions.
00:37:57
Did I ask you what school's been recruiting you the most? I don't think so.
00:38:00
Right.
00:38:02
Uh, yeah.
00:38:03
So you gonna tell us what? What schools have been recruiting you the most? Um, George Washington.
00:38:09
They're definitely recruit me like Hard Roll Island.
00:38:13
Seeing hall eggs, A V, er and, um, rockers those that will find right that recruitment pretty hard And where schools that haven't offered you yet.
00:38:26
Are you expecting to offer you soon? Oh, I think West Virginia they might offer me.
00:38:34
I'm not quite sure.
00:38:35
I mean, I got a good relationship with one of coaches over there.
00:38:38
Um, Clemson.
00:38:40
I have a good relationship with another coach at Clemson.
00:38:43
I've been talking to him since, Like the beginning of quarantines are always like, Well, speaking of ham and, like, always, like, communicate with himself.
00:38:53
I think those two schools might often soon, but it's not.
00:38:57
I mean, I'm still keep working my hardest, but I'm just blessed to even have those schools reaching out to me.
00:39:03
So And crime scene was looking into you even before that June 15th day they were contacting you.
00:39:11
Um, well, no, no, they was They started, like, after June 15.
00:39:17
Oh, very early in that.
00:39:19
Like it was your 15th.
00:39:21
They started contacting you.
00:39:24
Okay.
00:39:25
And when you say you build a strong relationship with the coach is out through them, reaching out to you are going to have a certain connection with them before, before you know, they would reach out to you and all that stuff.
00:39:35
But maybe you were not related to that.
00:39:37
Maybe you were, like, kind of friends of them or something like that.
00:39:39
No, it was like, what? I'm reaching out to me and just text, like talking to me on a daily basis and stuff like that.
00:39:47
Okay.
00:39:48
And what? I guess how you've been able to build those relationships And what sort of things you guys talk about this kind of shows, like, Yeah, we got a really strong bond me in this, coach, Um, some of cultures.
00:39:58
I just talked to him about about life, things like that.
00:40:04
Um, but it's not really like all basketball, but with some of the coaches they always, like, just want to check and see what I'm doing and stuff like that.
00:40:11
So that's how I really built some good relationship with the with the coaches I've encountered on Did any schools that we reach out to you today to check it on you? Yeah.
00:40:22
VCU will.
00:40:24
I reached out West Virginia, reached out to me.
00:40:28
Um, Xavier, I talked that, uh, coach from example almost every day.
00:40:31
So it's pretty cool, All right.
00:40:35
And then my final question at the interview is What are your goals? Once you conclude your high school basketball career, uh, to definitely go to college, definitely go to college and, uh, get my degree.
00:40:49
That's big for me.
00:40:51
Not just like for my family thing, but definitely for me, because I feel like what the degree, like, you could do anything in the world that you want with a meaningful degree and like basketball isn't forever, and the ball is going to stop bouncing at one point.
00:41:04
So you're gonna need something to fall back on, like, in the meantime, to provide for your family and stuff like that.
00:41:10
So just going to college and get a meaningful degree meeting new people, stuff like that and just living life.
00:41:19
Yeah, for sure.
00:41:20
Man, that's awesome.
00:41:21
And before the show, there's anything you wanna plug or anybody wanna shout out.
00:41:25
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00:41:28
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