It’s a true family affair at Jay M. Robinson High School between head coach Lavar Batts Sr. and his son Lavar Jr.
“I tend to be a little tougher on him because of expectations of him,” said Batts Sr.
“I know he does it out of love because he wants the best for me,” said Batts Jr. “He tells me what is right and what is wrong. Coming to basketball, he’s always pushing me in the gym and making me work harder.”
It’s not hard to imagine when you see how involved Batts Sr. is on the sidelines.
“His energy brings energy to the team, and that makes us come together and play harder,” said Batts Jr.
It’s an energy Batts Sr. developed through his playing days in high school and a run at a college scholarship. But that all had to be put on hold when he found out he was going to become a father.
“I mean I love basketball but I had to realize that having a child is very important,” said Batts Sr. “I just knew I wanted to be there for him and be the best dad I could possibly be.”
Batts Jr. always was around the game, and his father saw that love for the game develop early. It’s showed as Batts Jr. has become one of the best in the Charlotte area and as just a sophomore.
“Like he’s always told me, you’ll never get these days back,” said Batts Jr. “You’ll never get this time back and always leave it on the floor.”
Lavar Batts Sr. became the first person in his family to ever graduate from college and now he’s enjoying watching his son approach that same goal.
“A lot of people talk about going to the NBA, but we never talk about that,” said Batts Sr. “His goals are a college scholarship and a college education.”
“I have to keep working hard and keep doing what I’m doing,” said Batts Jr.
Batts Jr. has already had looks from N.C. State, Clemson and Charlotte.