As the famous Tina Turner once asked, what’s love got to do, got to do with it? If I had to answer that question in respect to life and college basketball, love has almost everything to do with it. Tough love has everything to do […]
Basketball has always been a significant part of my life. I fell in love at a young age and the rest is history.
When I decided playing college basketball was what I wanted to do, there were steps I had to take to get there. The first and biggest step was playing AAU basketball for a team called the Cornhusker Shooting Stars. I tried out for the team in the spring of my sophomore year in high school. There were several teams I could make: the lower, less-serious Regional Team, or the top team called Bison-Judd. Needless to say, I did not make the top team.
My tryout was about as horrific as it gets. I honestly remember bouncing the ball off my foot at one point, and never seemed to recover from it. I sat in the stands with my parents at the conclusion of the tryout hoping for the best. The team I made did not travel as much as Bison-Judd and only had about a week’s worth of required practices.
I decided it would make more sense to embrace the opportunity I had in front of me. I attended the practices twice a week and found myself competing against some of the best players in the state of Nebraska. It ended up that a girl from Bison-Judd quit about a month into practices- and I was next in line. It was probably one of the most rewarding things that ever happened to me during that two year stretch before college.
Maybe to some, being rejected on a “top” team would not be considered failure. But to a degree, it was in my mind. To this day I still consider it a blessing in disguise. It taught me to embrace any opportunity you get. It taught me perseverance. And above all, it taught me how powerful a second chance can be if you approach it with the right attitude. The talent I went against, and the exposure I encountered from a recruiting standpoint, were great. But the challenges and the growth were what made it so special.
The moment every Drake student has been waiting for since August. It’s the 105th RELAYS WEEK! Monday kicks off with the Beautiful Bulldog Contest in the Knapp Center where 50 bulldogs will compete for the grand prize of Most Beautiful Bulldog. Other awards include things like […]
It’s true, nothing compares to the Iowa State Fair. Last summer, I got the opportunity to intern for the nonprofit of the Iowa State Fair that raises money for the preservation and renovation of the fairgrounds. My “official” title was Public Relations Intern in which […]
March Sadness: a self-diagnosed illness in which I am currently undergoing. Being a basketball player, it is always my hope that we prolong our season in March. Unfortunately, we lost in the championship game of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament and I found myself catching the action from my couch. But even so, it does not get much better than March Madness- the epitome of college hoops. The upsets, the clutch performances and the cinderella stories are something I look forward to every year. My favorite player to watch this year was Doug McDermott. He carries himself with class and grace even when he is arguably one of the best players in college basketball history. He is one that has every right to let everyone know how good he is, but instead he just puts the team on his back and does his thing. There is no doubt he will be a fun one to watch in the NBA. While the championship games on both the men’s and women’s side are a thrill, there’s a sense of “March Sadness” that comes with it. I am already looking forward to next year!