What is the most important lesson you’ve learned through Athletics?: The most important lesson would be that hard work beats talent any day.
What are your pre-game rituals?: Definitely getting my mind ready for the competition, as well as visualizing the game and what I want to accomplish.
Who is a player (at any level) you look up to, and why?: I’ve always looked up to Lebron James because of how dominant he was when I watched him as a kid, and I envisioned myself playing with him.
What do you love about representing Penn High School?: I love the fact that I can represent my school just by being positive and a good student, as well as the minor things such as being in class at the right time or respecting teachers. Doing that makes me feel special to be a part of Penn High School.
What traits do you love in a team leader?: The best trait would be honesty. They need honesty to help the other guys improve on something. If they lie about how they feel about a teammate, nothing will prosper, so I believe honesty is a big one. Another quality would be energy. You can’t have a quiet practice or one without motivation, so energy is also a very important quality.
What advice would you give a freshman about Penn Athletics?: The advice I would give to the freshman is to try new things and get involved, whether it be sports teams or some sort of club, to get involved.
What is your favorite sports movie, and why?: I love “Remember the Titans”, and the message that friendship and hard work can overcome prejudice. Not a movie but a documentary, but I also really enjoyed “The Last Dance”. I liked the fact that they showed a lot of the behind the scene actions when Michael Jordan was in his best and worst moments, and all of his accomplishments alongside that.
What is your favorite pig-out food?: My favorite pig-out food is definitely either steak or sausage.
What do you love about your sport?: I love the competition and the moments you have while playing basketball, and the ups and downs that happen in between.
If you can have lunch with any living person, who would it be, and what would you talk about?: I would have to choose between Elon Musk or Arnold Schwarzenegger. Both of them had a rather difficult childhood, so I would want to talk to them about what motivated them to be what they are now, and how to overcome adversity as they did.