Faces Off the Field


 

By: Rick Cantu, Austin American Statesman

What are you most looking forward to this season?

I’m very excited to be able to have fun and play my heart out for the last season of my high school career. I just want to enjoy being with all my teammates and my coaches.

Has basketball taught you any lessons you apply to daily life?

Basketball has taught me a lot about commitment. Instead of being with friends or family, I know I have to give up my weekends for practice.

What do you remember about the first time you played organized basketball?

I was in my third-grade year in Spain (Madrid). I felt pretty good about myself because I was on the fourth-grade team even though I was a third-grader. That’s when I began to see how much I enjoyed playing and being on the court.

Which school do you consider to be your biggest rival?

We have been in a couple different (UIL) districts, but I would say that Georgetown was our biggest rival. We played them in district, and they were our toughest team. We also played them for the regional title, and they also gave us tons of competition.

If you could have dinner with any four people in the history of the world, whom would you invite?

Anne Frank, Bruce Lee, Michelangelo and (the late magician) René Lavand.

Why René Lavand?

He was a great magician from Argentina. His card tricks are the craziest things. He had a famous saying, ‘No se puede hacer más lento.’ (You can’t do it any slower.) His work was amazing, and I would love to sit and have him show me more of his magic.

Tell me something about yourself that most people don’t know.

I’m a Spaniard and I grew up in Spain until I was 12.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

I have had my friend Alyssa (Jimmie) do my hair in fresh braids all the way back. I get my hair done and get pumped up with music and dancing.

What advice would you give to a basketball player entering high school?

Make sure you are having fun. When you look back at high school, a big part of your memories will be about the sport you were in.

How do you motivate yourself to work out on days when you feel like resting?

I think about the people who can’t train or practice and would die to get back on the court.

What’s your favorite app?

Twitter. I get to see funny things and see people that I don’t get to see often.

If you could see anyone in concert, who would you want to see?

I would see the Jonas brothers. When I was with my little sister, we loved them. I’ve always wanted to see them perform in person.

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