Posted by Justin on November 13, 2013
I’m officially signing a National Letter of Intent to play basketball at the University of North Carolina. But, I’ve felt like a Tar Heel since earlier this year when I told Coach Roy I was committing to him and UNC.
But a day like today does provide some perspective about how much those closest to me have sacrificed in order for me to live out my dream.
As I’ve said before, my faith in God and my love for my family are the two things that sustain me. I couldn’t be more grateful to God for blessing me with the abilities I have.
I couldn’t be more grateful to my family for taking those abilities; harnessing them and helping me become not just a good player but, hopefully, a good person.
It probably won’t hit them until I truly leave next year that I’m going to North Carolina. Once I leave, they’ll probably, especially my sisters and my brother, be sad because we’re a real close family and have been together all my life. That’ll last for a little while, but they’re so excited I’m going to be playing in Chapel Hill.
This is also meaningful for me because I try to always set a good example for my little sisters and my brother. I don’t really like people comparing us because we’re totally different people. But, hopefully they can see all the hard work my parents have put in with me, and be thankful for everything.
I couldn’t be more grateful to my past and current teammates. Outside of my family, they are by far the closest friends I have. That’s why I wanted them to be there with me today when I sign. It’s not just about me signing; it’s about all the hard work all the people I mentioned earlier have put in on my behalf.
Then, I’d like to thank Tar Heel fans everywhere. Even before I committed they showed me a lot of love at tournaments, on social media and when I visited Chapel Hill. That’s multiplied a lot since I committed.
My entire family came to “Late Night With Roy” last month and it was great to be with pretty much all the guys I’m going to play with for the next four years. I also got to spend more time with Theo and Joel again, so that was a good time.
The event itself was pretty cool. The dancing isn’t really my kind of thing, but when my time comes next year I’m sure I’ll get out there and do some things. All the guys seemed like they were having fun though and that is really the point of it all.
We started our season this past weekend and went 3-1. We didn’t do as well as we wanted to but it was just good to get back out there with my teammates. My hard work after AAU season is already paying off, because some of things I’ve been working on came a little easier in our first few games.
That’s all for now. If I don’t talk to you again hope to see all of you at the HighSchoolOT Invitational in Raleigh after Christmas. My teammates and I are looking forward to playing in North Carolina.
Oct. 15, 2013 - Home-Schooled
Sept. 3, 2013 - Summer 'Vacation'
June 6, 2013 - Gaining A Future Teammate
April 17, 2013 - AAU Ball
April 1, 2013 - UNC Basketball Camp
March 13, 2013 - My First Week As A Tar Heel
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