Introducing … Jesse Aniebonam
School: Our Lady of Good Counsel High School (Olney, Md.)
Year: Class of 2014
My dream job, outside of being a professional athlete, would be… to become a doctor
If you’d see my iPod, you’d find… a wide range of music preference
I currently drive a … Nissan
Someday, I’d like to be driving a … Lamborghini
The best part of my hometown is … the family ties and togetherness
My dream city to be living in 10 years from now is … New York
The ultimate compliment is when I get compared with … my father
If I could be teammates with one pro athlete in any sport, it’d be … Osi Umenyiora
If I could meet anybody, it would be … Barack Obama
The websites I couldn’t live without are … Twitter and YouTube
The greatest meal ever is … Macaroni and cheese casserole
Best movie of all-time is… Shutter Island and Apocolypto
My can’t-miss TV show is… The Fairly Odd Parents
My favorite pro team is… Washinton Redskins
Worst thing about pro sports is … not much
Best uniforms in sports belong to … Oregon
One thing my coach always says that I’ll never forget… “I’m gonna make a man out of you”
I will consider myself a success when I… never. Success is relative to the amount of goals you are willing to reach. In my case, it is infinite.
If I won the lottery, the first thing I’d buy is… a house
If I could tell one person thanks, it would be… my parents for making me who I am.
Ready to be “introduced” to the high school sports world? Submit your answers to the above questions – with a photo of yourself – to Suzanne Schwerer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
JASON JORDAN’S WHAT I’M THINKING TODAY …
I’ve talked to so many high school basketball players this season who have lost their confidence behind a coach who uses fear to try and get the best out of their players.
First, those coaches are idiots.
Players can’t be scared to make a mistake. Why do I even have to write this coaches? SMH!
That fear will consume them making it near impossible to be as productive as they would’ve been had they been playing loose.
The best players have a “just shut up” mindset.
That’s right; I said it.
Oh they listen; but when the inevitable mistake comes during the game and the coach screams from the sideline about why they shouldn’t have made that mistake they acknowledge with a nod or a subtle hand raise and forget it ever happened.
See the best players know that they can’t dwell on that mistake. It’s over. Move on.
The “just shut up” mindset says that the coach shouldn’t be dwelling either.
It’s respectful, as long as it remains a thought, and it’s necessary.
WHAT I CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF RIGHT NOW …
“That new Yo Gotti. It’s definitely worth a buy.” – Callaway (Callaway, Miss.) combo guard Malik Newman
– Jason Jordan