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The game is his life. Whenever he is in a bad situation, he plays just to make sure he does not do anything wrong. This year he is the captain for the sport he loves so much. Senior Tyriq James is the basketball captain.
His love for the game started at a young age. “I didn’t want to get in trouble so I just started playing basketball to keep me busy and to keep me focused,” James said.
James has been on the team for a long time and his experience and pure talent makes many of the younger players believe in him. “He has experience for the past four years he’s been playing varsity for the past 3 years,” freshman Ishaan Bhadouria. “He can knock down shots from anywhere, he can get to the basket, he has a good handle, and he can play defense.”
James tries to be the best leader he can be on and off the court. He believes God is helping him coach up the new guys. “I got to make sure the new guys know what they are getting them selves into and be prepared,” James said.
Everyone takes their cues from James so he tries to be the best person he can be on and off the court. “They look at me as the leader,” James said. “Whatever I do they think is good for them so I try my best to do what is right so I can lead them in a positive way.”
He loves the game so much it is just what he wants to do. He is always working to be the best player he can be. Every night he goes outside and practices. He doesn’t care who he plays with as long as they have a love of the game. His parents put this love in him at a young age. “They have supported me by coming to all my games and practicing with me,” James said. “They’ve been working with me since I was a kid just teaching me the ins and outs of the game. They motivate me every day so I know I can do it. Some people may not have the skill or the support cast that I have.”
His main inspiration to play the game was his dad. “My daddy used to play and I just wanted to follow in his footsteps because if he did it, I knew I could do it,” James said.