My first experience playing for a professional team didn’t go exactly how I hoped, but when I think about where I was at just before Christmas deciding whether or not to even try out for the team, to where I’m at now I know there’s a lot of positives to learn from this experience. .
I realized I can compete at this level, and that was something I was very anxious about going into the training camp. I started a little slow trying to gain my confidence as the smallest, least athletic of the 40+ guys trying out. I wasn’t sure if there would be politics involved in picking the team as well, but my guy @westcoast_training told me if you show out they will have to notice you. The last 3 days of camp we played full 48 minute games. The first game I really struggled, but the next two I really did show out going for a combined 10 3’s and 45 points. I made the team as a reserve and knew I’d have to keep working to earn a spot. Eventually with guys quitting or getting cut I would get the chance to dress, but that’s about as far as I’ve gotten so far. In any case I’m glad I put myself through two (or three) a days to stay ready and had this opportunity, even though it didn’t turn out fully how I wanted. .
I do this for the love of the game. Any time I touch a basketball I get that feeling of joy and my advice to young players looking to play at the next level is to really enjoy the process. Nothing is guaranteed at the next level and my best playing experience will always be my senior year of high school, playing with my friends who would turn out to become my life long brothers. Just enjoy the process and the grind and as you go into the playoffs stay present and enjoy the moment. Control what you can control, control how you prepare for each game and let go of whatever you can’t control, such as the past. Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity, stay ready, get Lucky. #hoopreel .
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