Hometown: New Brighton, PA
Major: Business Management and Marketing
Class of 2014
Are you a resident or commuter?
I am a commuter.
What are you involved in?
Men’s Basketball, Varsity Club, Blue & White Society, Lion Ambassadors
What do you like most about Penn State Beaver?
The thing I like most about Penn State Beaver is that it has allowed me to stretch my potential. Since the campus is smaller than others, I could actively get involved in many different things and experience a quality Penn State education.
What’s your favorite class?
My favorite class hands down has to be art with Mr. Todd. Art class my freshman year was creative, inspirational, and enjoyable.
What’s your Penn State Story?
My Penn State story revolves around athletics, but not in a way that you’d expect. As a kid I always wanted to play basketball. My dream was never to be educated until I realized that school was my only option for that opportunity and a better life.
I came to Penn State because it had a good athletic reputation, and I thought it would help me get where I want to be. When I arrived as a freshman, I knew I would have to take classes to be eligible to play, but I was really only interested in one thing: playing basketball. I quickly realized that if I wanted to be successful, not only was I going to have to work hard at basketball, but at my studies as well.
Penn State Beaver’s men’s basketball coach, Marcess Williams, requires each of his players to participate in several study halls every week throughout the season. These study halls, along with the help of the faculty and staff at Penn State, inspired me to refocus and taught me that in order to have a dream, you must search for goals that’ll help you to get there. Once I set those goals, had a good balance of class and basketball, and set up a network of people to help me along the way, I knew I was where I needed to be.
The basketball team my freshman year was really good. We won the conference championship and placed third in the USCAA championship after defeating Vermont Tech, the number one ranked team in the nation. This would’ve been my favorite memory from playing basketball at Penn State Beaver, until this year’s trip to Kissimmee, Fla., where we played Warner University in the Disney tournament.
Warner University is a Division II NAIA school and was the first scholarship team that Penn State Beaver has ever defeated. This was made extra special because I was born in Florida and grew up there for 11 years, and my aunt and uncle, who had never seen me play, were able to make it to the game. That game, I put up 27 points and had 6 rebounds.
It’s memories like these that will live with me forever. Playing basketball at Penn State Beaver has been one of the best experiences of my life. It has taught me so many life lessons and helped me grow into who I am today.
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