‘Humbling’ first year was a chance to grow

As a basketball player, it is hard to say that you are, or have been, the best player on all of your teams growing up.

With that being said, I am honest enough to realize — and admit
— that I have not been that caliber player my whole life, but I have been able to carve a role for myself on every team I’ve been a part of.

As it came time for me to make my decision for college the only thing on my mind was being able to make a dream of mine come true and compete at the collegiate level.

As a freshman, I had a thought of me coming in and making an impact for this team instantly, and making a difference. I wasn’t being egotistical; I just felt like I deserved a chance to show what I could get done and provide for the team.

I quickly realized guys were much older and wiser when it came to my position at that point in time. The truth is that I was not ready for what was waiting and it took some time to be able to say that and admit it to myself.

I went on to only play in two games my entire freshman season and thus I did not bring much to the table in game-time scenarios.

This humbling experience was something I needed.

As a lot of people say, when you’re in the moment things are not always clear, but when it comes time for you to look back on it you can better understand the situation.

The biggest part of being able to see what was true is knowing what I could do to fix the problem at hand and I have now since been able to find out what I could do in order to get what I wanted.