Elite basketball players talk about the influence of their mothers

Elite basketball players talk about the influence of their mothers

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Elite basketball players talk about the influence of their mothers

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Antonio Blakeney' (Photo: Kelly Kline)

Antonio Blakeney’ (Photo: Kelly Kline)

In advance of Mother’s Day, USA TODAY High School Sports recently spoke with elite basketball players to talk about the influence and impact of their mothers on their lives and the pursuit of their dreams.

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Antonio Blakeney, Oak Ridge (Orlando), LSU

“I see how hard she works every day at what she wants to do. Basketball is what I want to do so that’s why I work so hard at it. “

Tevin Mack, Dreher (Columbia, S.C.)

“Seeing my mom work hard my whole life has motivated me to do better in school and in basketball.”

Donovan Mitchell, Brewster (N.H.) Academy, Louisville

“My mom has worked so hard to help me get to where I am. I wouldn’t be here without my mom.”

Aliyah Mazyck, Myers Park (Charlotte), USC

“My mom just tells me to be the best that I can in everything that I do — in life and in general. She’s like my heart. I don’t know where I’d be without her.”

Asia Durr was selected to the ALL-USA First Team (USA TODAY Sports)

Asia Durr was selected to the ALL-USA First Team (USA TODAY Sports)

Asia Durr, St. Piux X (Atlanta), Louisville

“I stay focused because I want to make my mom happy and proud in everything I do.”

 Kyra Lambert, Samuel Clemens (Schertz, Texas), Duke

“My mom and dad, they push me to be the best I can be. They support me in everything that I do. I’m really grateful for them and their encouragement and just their love and support.”

Dedric Lawson, Hamilton (Memphis), Memphis

“What keeps me focused is seeing my mom wake up every morning and see her going to work. I’d love to be able to help my mom retire someday.”

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