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What's going on? My God, how are you? I'm doing I'm doing pretty well.
Thanks for asking, but anyways, you know, let's get right to this interview, and, uh I saw something pretty cool. One.
You know, you're from New York.
That's a school in itself.
But something special about New York, even though it looked kind of organized.
But I saw, you know, you replace, um, streetball recently.
You know, I got some photos taking you all that stuff, but it wasn't just, you know, streetball your neighborhood court, whatever it was in New York.
You know, we call it the the Mecca Streetball.
Sometimes the mecca just basketball in general.
So how does it fuel? Uh, just being a part of that a streetball scene and playing basketball in New York City.
I feel like it's no better feeling because, you know, you're in the center of attention of basketball, so it's like you always have to put on a show because you're in the Mecca trash talking.
Well, the the grittiness, the fights that happened down here during basketball game.
Let's just if it was great, I love it.
And what just what is the atmosphere like, exactly? Like, are the courts kind of just surrounded every time you play like in the park and just talk about the atmosphere a little bit more? This really like it's fuel its fuel to the game like here in the crowd.
And all the people go crazy after you scored just It gives you a feeling to like Thio.
I want to do it again.
I want to keep doing it.
It's a great feeling.
And you said the word fight.
I don't know if you could maybe share, but have you ever gotten tough fight before? Something like that at the park? Of course I have.
That's that's just natural.
Growing up in New York City, everybody's gonna try to test you.
You just have to show up how mentally tough you are.
And maybe say like, it's not because you're a bad kids.
Kind of just atmosphere of like New York basketball, you know, a lot of fights, a lot of trash.
That's kinda how it is.
So pretty much if you can't really do that stuff like you won't really survive in a New York, I guess.
Waas Well, you lost Alright.
What? Go on. I'm sorry.
Wait What? You say I cut you off my accent? I said you won't survive without mentioned toughness.
You won't survive and I asked clearly remember, like your toughest moment.
Or maybe you're just toughest game at the park.
And how'd it all go down? Toughest game in the park.
Oh, thank freshman year e came back.
It was Isaiah Whitehead tournament.
I just came back crowded.
I had a game, actually.
And in the city I come back.
I come late at halftime, crowded like crazy crowd.
I come in, start going one on one with the kid during the game.
Crazy everybody, the sideline, yelling.
People on the sideline was screaming at each other about the fight trash talking.
It was I was scared fresh Me.
I wasn't really used to, But then I just started to attack when it came right there.
And are those games like, Are they organized? Or I guess you said, you know, I should have a halftime like where? You just kind of, you know, I just show up to the park just to play like some basketball or like the super organized and how they kinda able to figure out what team you're on.
And, uh, I guess I'll have stuff.
How are they organized? The events? Um, yeah, They'll have two coaches each.
They have Jersey shorts.
Um, the coach gets a team.
People find his team and their coach and they play against other their subs. They are reps.
There's the scorer's table with scores. Book.
Basketball is just in between the between the lines, it's it's like a dog fight.
But are there like college coaches watching that? Or is that it's almost just for fun in the love of the game? Like you can't get an offer from that? No, it is love for the game you could get off from.
It depends on who's watching.
That's why you always gotta play like it's your last time playing.
You always gotta play your heart and play service, never know who's watching, and this is off topic from basketball.
But just hearing you talk, you definitely have a New York accent.
I don't know if you consider yourself having one.
Uh, do you have, like, notice You have one? And, uh, I don't know how you like.
I don't know what it was like having like a New York accent.
You know, I I don't see that.
I don't know that I have a New York accent, but everybody that's from outside of New York.
They tell me I do have one, so it must be true.
So if I say like Hot dog or Boston or something like that, like, do you think I'm saying it wrong or or now you're saying You're saying right? It's just you just have, like, a different slang towards our words, Like you say that we pronounce him a little different.
I was wondering cause one of my friends there from New York on, like his dad will be like he's super like his dad was like, He can't be wrong.
So if I was someone, he doesn't believe it.
Like he'll be like, No, like, that's not right When I say like dog or Boston, don't laugh at me like saying I'm wrong.
I don't know how to speak.
So that's why I wanted to know if all New Yorkers were like that and maybe system, um, it's just a okay, okay.
And do you like ST Paul? And maybe do you like even more than riel? Classic basketball? No streetball is fun, but really classic basketball.
It gets no better than that, Really.
It's just I love how organized.
The game is it really shows who's good and who's not, because some people, a lot of people, can't play and really organized, like during really organized game.
So it really shows that who's good, who's not? And, you know, I was I've never been to New York and actually I've been to New York.
I've never seen, you know, streetball there anything like that.
So I don't really know, I guess if like that, like how big of a difference there is between playing street ball and playing like organized, you know, high school basketball, but does playing street ball? Does that affect the way you play on the court? You know, for your high school? Definitely.
Because the gritty next from ST Paul transpired Thio organized basketball just have the mindset toe to win, to go hard to leave it all on the floor.
But obviously, you know you can't be that like you can't be too like you can't extremely get gritty to the extent where you know you're getting fouls, that they're playing tax like you gotta make sure you control yourself.
So how you kind of able to almost balance the two personalities so I'm you know him at the park balling up or, you know, my high school gym, uh, playing a game for my for my school.
It's just like, uh, course I'm not maintain myself, but I know the difference.
Organized basketball I know.
Have Thio stay like I have to stay on my A game.
I have to think before I make my decisions because, you know, you never know who's watching you, so you always gotta play and just ignore the other stuff.
They just play hoop when you plan organized bicycle streetball.
That's something different for sure.
And, uh, I'm not 100.
So sure about this.
But I know there was at least a picture of you holding this trophy.
So did you in your state championship or, you know, some sort of championship last year.
And if so, how was it? It was great.
It was, uh, borrow championship.
That was for the Brooklyn championship.
It felt amazing that that was a three peat 1 to 2 previous years before that.
So I wasn't in the school.
I transferred in on my one, made a third one.
We almost one city but Corona cut our season short so way was going to play in the Final Four and then it just got canceled.
Yeah, it really sucks.
And I just can't with another question.
Just about, I guess, you know, streetball, organized basketball.
So you know, you play for your high school, then you know you're playing at the park, goes play you basket.
And if so, like, what's kind of the order of what's most important and what's least important and maybe like a street ball even.
That's kind of like, Ah, third party, I guess for you playing a basketball is what's that kind of considered? That's like state Bushes ST Bulls To really sharpen your tools almost.
I don't I don't feel like it's really that important, but a U basketball.
Of course, school basketball is always first because it's school, but your school, it helps you get into College.
Street board doesn't really get you into college, but it can like if somebody's watching.
But the chances of that happening is very little.
Okay, and how are you able to balance out? I get like, I'm sure you might not have a you season this year without any.
The reason why you know you're playing a lot more streetball or would have been the same, you know, regardless of what would have happened.
If there if there was a you, I would be in the gym more.
And there would be no time for outside basketball like that.
Really? Sometimes 23 games.
But other than that during a season, there is no outside basketball traveling so much.
You know, when you do pull up to, you know, play outside basketball, Um, are you probably one of those guys where everyone knows who you are? Like when you just pull up like that? I guess the energy kind of shifts or you wanted them or, like, unknown guys on the court or doesn't maybe sometimes very.
Um, the energy starts to switch like it just started to switch to me.
I wasn't old, like all this new recruitment stuff is No.
Then, like nobody knew I waas so I would be the unknown guy.
But now it just feels it feels new.
Feels weird now that everybody just paid so much attention to me now and I guess it hasn't, you know, you're pulling up, and then all of a sudden, I'm sure maybe some people are, like, screaming at you were just cheering you like, how do you feel? Knowing Almost, like, you know, you walk away from the courts like it could be silent.
Then all of a sudden, you step on its loud.
You could almost just control the whole energy of the space.
Like, just how does it feel having all that all that power, I guess e just makes you it makes you think you could do things that you've never done before.
Like, just gives you adrenaline rush that you cannot find anywhere else.
Yeah, it sounds awesome.
And, uh, you know, let's say this and I was virus stuff happened.
Who? What is you Who? What have you been playing? Uh, a basketball for basketball.
I was gonna go e l 16.
I was gonna play with city rocks first.
I'm gonna play with New York rains, but then that didn't go well, so I'm gonna play the city rocks on, then.
That didn't happen.
That I'm gonna play you a under armor with team gauchos.
When I was in my last year, my last choice.
Let's say everything clears away. We all survived this pandemic.
Do you have any idea who you're gonna be playing for, Um, next year? Uh huh.
You, uh I definitely didn't play.
You idea? Probably.
I don't know yet.
Don't know for sure.
All right. Sounds good. Anyways, moving on the interview.
Um, I want to talk about it a little bit more about high school basketball.
So what are your goals for this year's high school basketball season? If there is one of my goals are to win play of the year.
Borough, city and state champs.
That is my goal.
And what do you think you're going to have to do to accomplish those goals? Um, be a leader and then play and play basketball when nobody likes to lose it.
So if you if you playing good when you're winning on, I feel like all this can be accomplished and sorry side of this.
One more thing, this is gonna final streetball question, I promise.
But you actually my first, like, almost, you know, in New York, New York or that I've ever interviewed, uh, ever you know, surprisingly honestly but are the high school basketball atmospheres and they kind of similar his high school basketball? Just the atmosphere, just kind of lane.
Oh, similar people in the crowds and yelling and trash talking.
Parents tried to talk to each other.
Coaches tried to talk to each other. Players.
It's crazy sleep.
Has anything ever happened in a game like this in the Honestly, that was kind of crazy.
Maybe like a fight between parents or just anything like that.
Or have you have been lucky toe not see anything too crazy going on the crowd and any other streetball or playing for your high school? I'm lucky out there was no fights, but it do.
It does turn into heated exchange the gold time after the game.
After, like outside the school always petered exchanges but never fights.
And I'm just gonna assume I at least hope, like, I guess when your games and even something heat is going on, I'm just gonna assume that use kind of leave as soon as possible.
Um, like you always kind of like a celebrity.
You're like a rock star.
You know how he's kind of got a run out of the gym or make sure no one sees you.
And just how does that all feel? Yeah, E ah, basketball rock star.
It's a great feeling.
And that kind of who you are now in the city like your basketball rock star.
Pretty much, uh, I guess so.
It's crazy now that that I think about it, but yeah, yeah, it does sound a super cool, you know? Hopefully, maybe I get to that a status at some point, at least in my town.
But who knows many ways let's talk about that or that college recruitment.
So how has the college recruiting process been? It has been great.
First, I was class in 2021.
Then I re classed because I'm young.
So in every class my stock just went out the roof.
You really started getting recruited.
And did you read class super like recently or may or may be like a while ago recently, recently, like like how recent, like even last season or a few weeks ago? How, like why, I guess what was the exact date or if you get if you remember, Uh, I don't remember the date, but it was last season, like after the season got ended before Corona got too serious.
That's when I made the decision to be class.
Also, it was in, like, 2020.
Yes, And for most people, they usually re classing on middle school.
Like seventh grade, eighth grade.
Maybe 1/9 grade eso You really class? You know, they still in the same year that we're in today? Just what was that whole decision? Like, just knowing, you know, you've been with all these kids your whole life.
You know, even a couple years in high school.
You know, you're gonna have to leave them.
You're gonna, you know, drop a grade lower.
How difficult was it was a decision for you.
Just since you just chose to re class so much later than everyone else.
Um, it was tough.
That was my biggest problem.
All my friends going to college without me.
But I realized it's for the better.
It is to better myself and to be recruited Iron.
So it's all record.
And then you have zero Z artificial one offers when you re classified.
Yeah, I zero eso how I just feel you know, you need to make a tough decision, but luckily, you know, it paid off for you.
Like just how how we're leaving is that knowing that you did end up making the right decision.
In the end, it was amazing feeling older stress that I was feeling just went away because I was told that this what happened.
But I didn't really believe it until that happened.
And how's out, like, how is it even possible? The schools that spot, You know, he's 2020 to start reaching out now because it wasn't like you were playing high school basketball after your decision.
Like, it was kind of all done all of a sudden, you know, you re class.
So then, technically, schools I could contact you directly, couldn't until June 15th.
Um, like, how is it ableto how's it even possible? You know, with the schools that they were able to contact you when you know, just a couple days before you re class, like they may be in no clue who you are.
Literally like I was 2022.
Article went out and I started getting colds and text messages from random people.
But I wasn't picking up because I'm like, I'm like, these are random numbers I'm not gonna pick up.
So I finally picked up, and the first time I picked up, I was on the phone with the Georgetown coach.
It's crazy. It's all crazy.
I'll buy Georgetown coaches that Patrick Ewing? No, it was assistant coach.
Kept enough? Yeah, okay.
I mean, how are you able to get that article published? Because what do you mean to say that I was kind of the big thing for your recruitment is getting the article up so that everyone was ableto find out who you are.
You know, everybody knew who I waas, but they didn't know how good I was until I started being talked about.
So how is that it all, like, able to be possible? Like, did you kind of hit up? Maybe the guy running articles like, Hey, you know, you should do this or how How are they able toe find out about you? At least? The media? Um, I don't have to get thanks to my coach, Sean market for for South your basketball during the pandemic used, he was speaking to people was making calls, and one day he was just like one day.
He was just like, check the under that look yourself up and I looked myself up and there was a new Article 20 saying I was 2022 that's when it just started buzzing.
Yeah, it sounds, uh, after unbelievable.
And I'm a very happy for you, obviously.
But it's hard without recruiting.
Let's dive deeper into that.
Which schools have been contacting you the most? Um, see a whole Georgetown u mass? Um New Mexico.
Um, Washington State can stay and a little I say ST Johns a little bit of ST John's.
And which schools haven't showing you the most interest? Um, schools that I got offers from that hadn't really showed a lot of interest from, um or no, no, the one.
It's the schools that haven't.
Yeah, the ones that haven't offered that are showing the most interest.
Um, Washington State.
Yes, And when he did receive that Seton Hall offer, I know at least you know their fan accounts on Instagram.
If they're doing really well, you know, making edits for players like think the last guy interview maybe had an offer from them to.
And, you know, he had had it made for No, sorry.
The two people two guys ago, you know, he had the attitude for them from seeing hall fan pages like, it just seems like they all show them a a ton of love.
So when you to get that senile offer, were they the ones showing you the, uh, like was their fan base the one showing you the most love? Yeah, it's definitely for sure, because it's like it's looking like hometown New Jersey, New York, Right? There were a moment right there.
So there really was showing a lot of love, appreciated it.
And, you know, you said you appreciate all the love from them and all that stuff.
So since they were, you know, the fan base that was showing you the most love so far from your crew process, are you going to consider it be, You know, the fans and maybe how much they want you when it's time for you to make that big decision? Um, the fan base does matter, but what I'll be looking at is like school as an academic program.
How my living situation would be fans that they're gonna be at every school.
They're all gonna love you.
Just I can't let the fans determine if I go or not.
Yeah, you say that.
But a lot of schools, you know they don't have, like, good.
At least I know for University of Miami, the school that I'm a fan of for now, until I go to college, I mean, their fan base sucks like it's usually always empty for every game, like you're saying, you know, fans, every school, but there are not fans that every school like it's not.
It's not like that everywhere.
E mean, It depends on who's coming.
A person with a lot of recognition can bring.
The fans can sell out.
Crowd can sell out of Jim.
So it all depends how much you're willing to work.
And you're saying that even though it was winter break for the college kids, but I saw Miami played Duke this year.
So you know, one of the top five teams in the nation pretty much like empty like no students, it's it's really like it's not it's not.
It's not like that for everybody.
Yes, it is not and, you know, makes the end of the interview.
So my final question for you is what do you want to accomplish by the end of your high school career? Um, actually, I have a lot of, uh I want out.
I told you I wanna get I want to get together and play on the air by the time I graduate, Um, that 1000 point mark be a state champion.
Pretty much it. That's pretty much it.
Oh, I wanna be a fast I wanna be a foster recruit.
Yeah, that's awesome.
And, uh, you know, just about to get a replay of the year.
Do you maybe know? Like, who else is gonna have to be for that? Or do you think maybe, you know, I'm one of the top guys are the top guy in my area at the moment.
Or there may be a couple other guys that you may need either pass or that Keep an eye out for along the way off course.
These people have to look out for, um, Adrian Griffin committed to Duke.
Um, Khalil Brentley.
So it's Yeah, it's tough in New York.
And since you mentioned a couple of those names, um, is your school like one of those powerhouse schools are or is it, you know, maybe like an underdog or just not a well known school? Um, yeah.
Um, Adrian Griffin school is not a That's a top school down he's in.
That's in Yonkers, Bronx, Brooklyn.
Deep down in Brooklyn, boys and girls that they're underdogs.
Definitely on the go team.
Yeah, I'm like, So So you're so you said your high school is like an underdog team that people know about.
Um, people know about us.
We have a two time chance.
We won three borrow championships, so we pretty much known.
So your school has, like, a lot more division one.
Guys, there is kind of just kind of just you.
You guys are so guess good as a team.
Um, have you Division one guys? Um, Khodari, Richmond.
He went toe south.
Your family? A ducal.
He went toe south.
Sure. He goes toe Pittsburgh.
So you got a few guys.
I have a few plans that's going Division 11 scene.
I have division one first.
But you know, at least for me, Like I'm obviously not, you know, diving into New York basketball.
So I don't know too much about it, but would you say, like, do you go up against a lot of, Ah, a lot of those top teams that, you know, They're kind of like you're big time nationally known And you guys like the smaller guys.
And how are you able to handle those tough, big time matchups? Where to you against, Uh oh, really? Really, really big nationally known powerhouse in New York.
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so I was trying to start a little more conversation.
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Well, I don't even like a little bit closer, but, um, I was wondering just since your school, you know, I don't have really hurt your school before because I'm not really diving too deep in tow New York basketball.
But have you had a lot of matchups where you have to go up against those really, really big top dogs in the city and in the nation? How are you and your school able to handle all those mashups against those national powerhouses? Um, we handed them pretty well.
We played, um, Camden High School.
They have, ah, forward going to Kentucky lands.
Where, um, we actually only lost comes by three points.
Um, ST Patrick's with Jonathan commingle on North Farrakhan.
We lost to them about four points, but we had the lead, like, almost the whole game, so we can compete.
We're pretty. We're good enough.
Toe compete and win.
And would you let me say, like, do It may be a lot of guys just play street ball on your team where maybe those schools don't wear.
That kind of helps you without a competitive energy that allows you to just keep those games close.
Yes, because some players, a lot of players, they're good, but they aren't tough.
It may be physically strong, but they aren't mentally strong.
So once she started trash talking and we start playing very extra heart then that's when we have the edge.
So in New York, I guess you would say, obviously you're telling me these decent But if you're going up against, uh, you know, a really big national powerhouse team with some of the top guys in the nation gets a team with maybe a few Division one guys, you would say, like this factor to at least keep the game close is toe.
Be tough and maybe play at least a few games streetball in in your life.
I can't repeat the last part.
Um, so would you say that? A key for a team that's a decent, you know, they have a few Division one guys and, uh, that stuff.
Would you maybe say that a key winning the game released, Keeping it close with the beat? Uh, just play at least maybe a few games of ST Paul in your life.
I won't say you have to play a couple of ST James because there's some people that's naturally just born.
Let's go gritty mentality like the dog mentality.
So ST Board doesn't always have to be away, but it can help in a lot of ways.
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Well, anyways, thank you so much for taking your time and coming onto the show.
I really appreciate it, man.
And, uh, really means a lot.
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