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LAMAR ODEN JR. #10, 6'6"/180lbs. C/O 2020

GREENFOREST HIGH SCHOOL, ATLANTA, GEORGIA

SESM: Provide some background of your early life growing up? 

I've been playing basketball for fun since I could walk. As I got older, I started loving the game. I used to watch my dad play in the 'Old Man League' all the time. He started that after he retired from playing professional basketball in Germany. When I was in 8th and 9th grade, I started taking this game more seriously so I can get an opportunity to earn an athletic college scholarship. 

  

SESM: What advice has the coach given you that you'll always remember? 

My coach teaches me to stay focused, because things will begin to fall into place.

 

SESM: Is there a particular significance to your jersey number (Why do you wear #10)? 

Well #10 has some biblical meanings, like completeness in DIVINE ORDER and PERFECTION, the 10 commandments and 10 nations to name a few.. It mostly reminds me to play with GOD and thanking HIM for my ability. 

  

SESM: Do you have a pregame ritual that you do before every game? If so, will you share with the readers? 

I want them to remember me as a hard worker and someone who has extreme dedication for success. 

  

SESM: What do you plan to study(Major) when you get to college? 

Either architecture or real estate. 

  

SESM: What motivated you to play basketball? 

Most definitely my dad. I want to follow in his footsteps and go beyond what he achieved in Germany. 

  

SESM: Who is your favorite basketball player? 

Kawhi Leonard 

  

SESM: Who would you compare your style of play to in the NBA or NCAA? 

Kawhi Leonard 

  

SESM: Describe yourself as a person off the court. 

I am cool, good hearted, I smile a whole bunch, care for others and I'm smart. 


DONAVAN STRICKLAND | SESM

BRIASHA KING #15, SG (5'7"/140lbs C/O 2019)

GERMANTOWN HIGH SCHOOL LADY MAVERICKS, GLUCKSTADT, MISSISSIPPI

(SESM) 1. Provide some background of your early life growing up? 

 (BRIASHA) I grew up in Gluckstadt, MS surrounded by lots of family. I had much support by my parents and grandparents in everything I did. I am an athletic girl. I played just about every sport except basketball as a child. Soccer was one sport that I thought I would spend the rest of my life playing. I love school. I was always smart and eager to learn. I wanted to be so successful in life and make my family proud, and I still do!


(SESM) 2. What advice has the coach given you that you'll always remember? 

(BRIASHA) That if I want something done a certain way, I have to be the one to do it. Meaning, I have to work everyday to be the person/player I want to be in life. I’m not going to just wake up one day and magically be that person/player. 


(SESM) 3. Is there a particular significance to your jersey number 

(Why do you wear #15)?

(BRIASHA) I chose that number because of my middle school coach, Coach Swan. It is the number she wore in high school. When I got to high school, I knew that she was the main reason why I had gotten to where I am. I kept the number because I wanted to follow her footsteps and be the player and leader she was and still is. She is a GREAT role model and she has pushed me to extents that I didn’t even know I had. I owe a lot to her! 


(SESM) 4. Do you have a pregame ritual that you do before every game? If so, will you share with the readers ?

(BRIASHA) I try to eat something light about 2 hours before. Something not too heavy, but yet enough to have something in my stomach. I get a lot of shots up and a lot of ball handling to prepare for the game. I like to focus on the game, but not too much. I try to prevent from thinking too hard. I basically win the mental game first. 


(SESM) 5. How do you want your team mates to remember you? 

(BRIASHA) As someone who will give my all to them and support them all the way. I want them to remember me as a hard worker who did what had to be done. 


(SESM) 6. Is college in your plans? If so, what do you plan to study(Major)? 

(BRIASHA) College is in my plans. I plan to major is Nursing or some other related pre-med depending on the school I attend. 


(SESM) 7. What motivated you to play basketball? 

(BRIASHA) When I first started, it was me just experimenting. Always loved sports so I wanted to give it a try. My family and coaches motivated me to continue playing. I developed a hunger to get better and make it to the next level. That’s really what got me through a lot of things and motivated me to keep going. 


(SESM) 8. Who is your favorite basketball player? 

(BRIASHA) Kyrie Irving 


(SESM) 9. Who would you compare your style of play to in the WNBA, NBA or NCAA? 

(BRIASHA) I would compare myself to Diana Taurasi or Klay Thompson. They are both great shooters and can get to the rack when they need to. 

 

(SESM) 10. Describe yourself as a person off the court.

(BRIASHA) When I am not on the court, I would like to consider myself as a Christian, down to earth, smart, and respectful girl. I strive to live a Godly life and leave a positive impact of the lives I come into contact with. 


HANNAH WHITE #24, SG (5'8"/135lbs C/O 2019)

COLUMBUS HIGH SCHOOL LADY FALCONS, COLUMBUS, MISSISSIPPI

(SESM) 1. Provide some background of your early life growing up?

(HANNAH) I grew up living with my Grandmother on the north side of Columbus. I loved my childhood. I was always playing basketball, kickball, & all kinds of other sports in the middle of the street with kids around my neighborhood. I was always a smart, sweet young girl and I always wanted to be successful, but I didn’t know basketball would take me to that route. 

  

(SESM) 2. What advice has the coach given you that you'll always remember? 

(HANNAH) Sometimes you have to do what you don’t want to do in order to live how you want to live. 

  

(SESM) 3. Is there a particular significance to your jersey number? (Why do you wear #24). 

(HANNAH) I wear 24 because I wasn’t confident in my skills, but by wearing that number, it kinda makes me have that “Mamba” mindset. 

  

(SESM) 4. Do you have a pregame ritual that you do before every game? If so, will you share with the readers? 

(HANNAH) I usually don’t have an appetite before the game, but if I do eat before the game, I prefer it to be Chick-Fil-A. 

  

(SESM) 5. How do you want your teammates to remember you? 

(HANNAH) As a great, hard working leader. 

  

(SESM) 6. Is college in your plans? If so, what do you plan to study(Major)? 

(HANNAH) Yes it is, I plan to Major in Psychology. 

  

(SESM) 7. What motivated you to play basketball? 

(HANNAH) A lot of my family played basketball and my parents enrolled me in little league. When I first started playing as a young girl, I knew it was something I wanted to do for as long as I could. I have a strong passion for it. 

  

(SESM) 8. Who is your favorite basketball player? 

(HANNAH) Kevin Durant 

  

(SESM) 9. Who would you compare your style of play to in the WNBA, NBA or NCAA? 

(HANNAH) I would say Victoria Vivians. 

  

(SESM) 10. Describe yourself as a person off the court. 

(HANNAH) Off the court, I would say that I’m a loving, sweet, sociable, Christ-like young lady. I won my school’s homecoming queen & I have spoken to the youth at many events. I have won a few coaches awards and I have been nominated for many state awards. I‘m very humble, nice, & respectful to anyone I meet.


Donavan Strickland 

Strickly Elite Sports Magazine

Southaven, Mississippi 38671

donavan.strickland@stricklyelite.com

FEBRUARY 24, 2019

FORTE PRATER #5, PG (6'0"/165lbs C/O 2020)

STARKVILLE HIGH SCHOOL YELLOWJACKETS, STARKVILLE, MISSISSIPPI

(SESM)  1. Provide some background of your early life growing up? 

(FORTE) I started out early playing ball with my dad. It all started with football, but it didn’t last long. I didn’t like basketball that much at first, but that changed. I got in a lot of trouble when I was younger. Basketball balanced life for me. 


(SESM)  2. Is there a particular significance to your jersey number (Why do you wear #5)? 

(FORTE) My dad wore #5 when he played professional ball over seas.


(SESM) 3. Do you have a pregame ritual that you do before every game? If so, will you share with the readers?

(FORTE)  Eating Zaxbys, listen to music and make a lot of noise.


(SESM) 4.  What aspect of your game comes easiest to you? 

(FORTE)  Handling the ball .


(SESM)  5. How do you channel your frustration when the referee’s decision doesn’t go your way? 

(FORTE)  I tell myself that the play is over and don’t let it determine my performance for the rest of the game.


(SESM)  6. What has basketball taught you that carries over into the other areas of your life? 

(FORTE)  Working hard in basketball affects how you work at everything else. It teaches teamwork and communication. It has paid off in my life. 


(SESM)  7. What motivated you to play basketball? 

(FORTE)  My dad.


(SESM) 8. Who is your favorite basketball player?

(FORTE) Michael Jordan


(SESM) 9. Who would you compare your style of play to in the NBA or NCAA? 

(FORTE)  Kyle Lowry #7, Toronto Raptors.


(SESM)  10. Describe yourself as a person off the court. 

(FORTE) I like to joke around a lot. I make sure people around me are positive and I'm always talking about basketball. 



 

Donavan Strickland 

Strickly Elite Sports Magazine

Southaven, Mississippi 38671

donavan.strickland@stricklyelite.com

MARCH 2, 2019

AALIYAH MOSLEY #3, PG/SG (5'7"/135lbs C/0 2021)

MADISON CENTRAL LADY JAGUARS, MADISON, MISSISSIPPI

(SESM) 1. Provide some background of your early life growing up? 

(AALIYAH) I grew up playing basketball with my brothers, Shaq and Shunn Buchanan. My mom thought I was going to be a cheerleader or singer, but because I was always in the gym supporting my brothers, I started to fall in love with the game. I always played basketball at our local playground, but I didn’t start playing organized basketball until 7th grade. I was always a good kid and had good grades. 

 

(SESM) 2. What advice has the coach given you that you'll always remember? 

 (AALIYAH) “Your biggest competition is yourself.”


(SESM) 3. Is there a particular significance to your jersey number (Why do you wear #3)? 

(AALIYAH) I wear #3 because I love the '3 BALL' and I consider myself a silent sniper. 


(SESM) 4. Do you have a pregame ritual that you do before every game? If so, will you share with the readers?

(AALIYAH) I usually go over my goals for that game and listen to music to get in a zone.


(SESM) 5. What has basketball taught you that carries over into the other areas of your life? 

(AALIYAH) Nothing comes easy, you have to work for it. Which for me relates to school and being a student athlete.


(SESM) 6. Did this year make you learn anything new? 

(AALIYAH) I’ve learned that I will face adversity, but I have to be mentally prepared to handle it. 


(SESM) 7. What motivated you to play basketball? 

(AALIYAH) Watching my brothers and their successes. 


(SESM) 8. Who is your favorite basketball player? 

(AALIYAH) Chennedy Carter #3, Texas A&M Aggies.


(SESM) 9. Who would you compare your style of play to in the WNBA, NBA or NCAA? 

(AALIYAH) Chennedy Carter, that’s why she’s my favorite player. 


(SESM) 10. Describe yourself as a person off the court. 

(AALIYAH) Off the court I’m laid back and easy going. Not much of a character off the court. If I didn’t play basketball, people probably wouldn’t know me.



Donavan Strickland 

Strickly Elite Sports Magazine

Southaven, Mississippi 38671

donavan.strickland@stricklyelite.com

MARCH 3, 2019



JALIN RICE #3, SG (6'2"/150lbs C/O 2020)

MADISON CENTRAL JAGUARS, MADISON, MISSISSIPPI

(SESM) 1. Provide some background of your early life growing up? 

(JALIN) My early life was great. I always had all my family in my life and they were all supportive. Everyone was there for me when I needed them. 

  

(SESM) 2. Do you have a pregame ritual that you do before every game? If so, will you share with the readers? 

(JALIN) Right before the game, I always make sure to pray that this won’t be my last time taking the court. I also make sure I stretch during the entire girls game before us. After that, I just turn on some music and jump around and dribble a ball. 

  

(SESM) 3. What has basketball taught you that carries over into the other areas of your life? 

(JALIN) I learned that everything in life isn’t going to go exactly to plan, so sometimes you’re going to have to improvise. I also learned that some people don’t want to see you be great so everyone isn’t your friend. 

  

(SESM) 4. What aspect of your game comes easiest to you? 

(JALIN) It’s most definitely seeing things before it happens. Everyone doesn’t have that talent. I feel like I’m blessed with it. Passing, seeing what someone is doing on offense, and seeing what the defense does just comes easy to me. 

  

(SESM) 5. Is there a particular significance to your jersey number (Why do you wear #3)? 

(JALIN) All of my cousins/role models wore it so I felt like it was a need to wear it. Also Dwayne Wade and Allen Iverson wore it and they are among the best in shooting of all time. 

  

(SESM) 6. What’s in your gym bag that might surprise people? 

(JALIN) I always keep Advil in it just in case it’s a need for it. My best friend also passed away while I was in 8th grade so ever since then, I keep a bracelet with his name on it in the top of my backpack. 

  

(SESM) 7. What motivated you to play basketball? 

(JALIN) At first it was just for the fun and love of the game. Now it’s not just that, basketball teaches you things now. The people you meet in basketball, you could easy compare them to people you meet in the real world. 

  

(SESM) 8. Who is your favorite basketball player? 

(JALIN) My favorite basketball player is Russell Westbrook. I feel like I can compare myself to him the most. He lost his best friend when he was young and I lost mine. I feel like I got that same dog in me that he has in him. 

  

(SESM) 9. Who would you compare your style of play to in the NBA or NCAA? 

(JALIN) I feel like I could be a mixture of Russell Westbrook and Stephen Curry. I can handle the ball and see the court but I’m also athletic and a shooter. 

  

(SESM) 10. Describe yourself as a person off the court. 

(JALIN) I am goofy and like to make people laugh. I’m always dancing and you know trying to turn people up. 



Donavan Strickland 

Strickly Elite Sports Magazine

Southaven, Mississippi 38671

donavan.strickland@stricklyelite.com

FEBRUARY 24, 2019

TRE CLARK #11 (6'3" C/O 2019)

NEWTON HIGH SCHOOL RAMS, COVINGTON, GEORGIA

 (SESM) 1. Provide some background of your early life growing up? 

(TRE) I have 5 siblings, 2 younger and 3 older. One of my oldest brothers introduced me too basketball as soon as I was born. We all lived together until I was in the 3rd grade and that’s when I also started playing AAU with a really good team that was nationally ranked. At the time, it was my two younger brothers and one of my older brothers that stayed in the same home. 

  

 (SESM) 2.What has basketball taught you that carries over into the other areas of your life? 

(TRE) Basketball has really taught me too never give up no matter how bad it’s going or how good it is. Never give up and keep going . It also helps me grow as a person by listening to what others have too say around me. 

  

 (SESM) 3. Do you have a pregame ritual that you do before every game? If so, would you mind sharing with us? 

(TRE) I would take 5 shots in each spot inside and outside the perimeter and then chew bubble gum and put the rapper in my sock. 

  

 (SESM) 4. Is there a particular significance to your jersey number (Why do you wear #11)? 

(TRE) My grandfather wore number 11 and in my junior year, I had number 2 because Kyrie Irving wore number 2 while on the Cleveland Cavs and then he switched too my favorite number 11. I couldn’t get 11 my junior year because a senior had it. 

  

 (SESM) 5. What’s in your gym bag that might surprise people? 

(TRE) Baby lotion and baby oil. 

  

 (SESM) 6. What aspect of your game is the most difficult for you to master? 

(TRE) I would say the crazy layups that I do which I have learned from Kyrie Irving 

  

 (SESM) 7. What motivated you to play basketball? 

(TRE) My oldest brother. 

  

 (SESM) 8. Who is your favorite basketball player? 

(TRE) Kyrie Irving. 

  

 (SESM) 9. Who would you compare your style of play to in the NBA or NCAA? 

(TRE) Kyrie Irving. 

  

 (SESM) 10. Describe yourself as a person off the court. 

(TRE) I would say I'm a very caring, funny, cool too be around, but I don’t really talk a lot unless I’m really comfortable. 



Donavan Strickland 

Strickly Elite Sports Magazine

Southaven, Mississippi 38671

donavan.strickland@stricklyelite.com

FEBRUARY 23, 2019

HIGHLIGHTS

JORDAN STEPHENS #15, G/C (6'4"/175lbs C/O 2019)

RUTLAND HIGH SCHOOL HURRICANES, MACON, GEORGIA

(SESM) 1. Provide some background of your early life growing up? 

(JORDAN) Wasn’t hard, wasn’t rough, it was smooth and easy . Academics were easy, basketball and baseball were two sports I fell in love with, playing upward bound and playing little league baseball . I was raised by two wonderful parents that provided everything I needed. I have 3 sisters and we were all surrounded by sports !! 

  

(SESM) 2. Do you have a pregame ritual that you do before every game? If so, will you share with the readers? 

(JORDAN) I pray to GOD and get ready 40 minutes before the game ! I stay locked in , thinking only about winning and encouraging my teammates. Making sure I get a good sweat in and stretch really well so I can already be loose. 

  

(SESM) 3. What advice has the coach given you that you'll always remember? 

(JORDAN) Hard works beats talent when talent doesn’t work! 

  

(SESM) 4. Is there a particular significance to your jersey number (Why do you wear #15)? 

(JORDAN) I grew up wearing that number! It meant something to me in 9th grade when I actually started falling in love with the game , I wore the number in 6th grade playing with the Crawford County Super Sonics and kept it 7th grade and on playing with Rutland and Macon bucks! 

  

(SESM) 5. If you didn’t play basketball what sport would you like to play? why? 

(JORDAN) Baseball. I study the game and love pitching and playing outfield. My size, length and strength can help as well. It was a childhood sport I played and I would love to play it again . 

  

(SESM) 6. How do you want your team mates to remember you? 

(JORDAN) As a leader, a scorer and a hard worker . I never want to let my team down. I showed ownership, leadership, and sportsmanship. Hoping they can become great and follow in my footsteps next year but continue the journey . 

  

(SESM) 7. What motivated you to play basketball? 

(JORDAN) My mom and my dad! They play the biggest role in my life ! Putting the basketball in my hands when I was young and keeping it there . Making me work hard even when I was hurting and crying. Making me shoot 500 shots after school until I made 300. They made me the person I am today. My mother said, “Is this what you want to do for the rest of your life Jordan?" And I said, “Yes it is!" Then she said, "Let’s do it then!" My hard work is paying off and coaches started taking notice quickly! 

  

(SESM) 8. Who is your favorite basketball player? 

(JORDAN) Stephen Curry! That man is the G.O.A.T! I look up to him as a leader and a shooter! He plays the game better than most guards in the NBA and I love it . Even though I’m taller than he is, I still see myself as being a great shooter like him one day with a different name! He’s very successful and his story makes me work harder no matter what it takes. 

  

(SESM) 9. Who would you compare your style of play to in the NBA or NCAA? 

(JORDAN) I would compare myself to Paul George and Romeo Langford! 

  

(SESM) 10. Describe yourself as a person off the court. 

(JORDAN) I’m well-rounded, sociable, spiritual, ambitious, focused and very gifted at a lot of things. I like working with others, being kind and helpful. I've been a leader in many cases by example and also being able to follow in the directions of others without a problem. I’m very cooperative and very flexible, dependable and I enjoy make people happy. When I’m passionate about something, I give it my all!! 


Donavan Strickland 

Strickly Elite Sports Magazine

Southaven, Mississippi 38671

donavan.strickland@stricklyelite.com

FEBRUARY 23, 2019

KESHON JEFFERSON #23, GUARD (6'2"/165lbs C/O 2019)

HOLMES COUNTY CENTRAL JAGUARS, LEXINGTON, MISSISSIPPI

(SESM) 1. Provide some background of your early life growing up. 

(KESHON)  In my early life  growing up, I was never at home a lot. I was always in the streets at the basketball court watching the older guys play.


(SESM)  2. What are your strengths, physically and mentally, as a guard?

(KESHON) My strengths as a guard are, I can do almost anything with the ball, I'm very athletic and I can drive the lane to the goal, I can dribble and I can hit the middle range jump shots.   


(SESM)  3. What has basketball taught you that carries over into the other areas of your life? 

(KESHON)  Basketball has taught me a lot of things. One thing it has taught me, is that I have to be a leader when we are down. I will always pick my team up and tell them the game isn't over. It has taught me how to not ask people for anything, you have to work for everything in life.


(SESM)  4. Do you have a pregame ritual that you do before every game? If so, will you share with the readers? 

(KESHON)  Before every game, I take nap, then I get some shots up.


(SESM)  5. Is there a particular significance to your jersey number (Why do you wear #23)?   

(KESHON)  I wear #23 because my jumping ability reminds me of Michael Jordan. 


(SESM)  6. What advice has the coach given you that you'll always remember?

(KESHON)   Never give up on something you love.


(SESM)  7. What motivated you to play basketball?  

(KESHON)  My order sister used to play basketball, so she inspired me. I've been playing basketball every since I had seen her play in the 6th grade. 


(SESM)  8. Who is your favorite basketball player? 

(KESHON)  my favorite basketball player is Russell Westbrook.


(SESM) 9. Who would you compare your style of play to in the NBA or NCAA? 

(KESHON)  I would compare my style of play to Russell Westbrook because I'm an athletic guard.


(SESM)  10. Describe yourself as a person off the court.  

(KESHON)  Off the court, I'm a laid back guy. I stay to myself.



 

Donavan Strickland 

Strickly Elite Sports Magazine

Southaven, Mississippi 38671

donavan.strickland@stricklyelite.com

MARCH 3, 2019

 


QUAY PRIMAS #10, F/C (6'6"/215lbs C/O 2021)

CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL CHARGERS, MACON, GEORGIA

(SESM) 1. Provide some background of your early life growing up? 

(QUAY) In my early life, basketball wasn't on my mind. I mean I have lived in rough neighborhoods. You would hear gun shots at night. I mean my early life was rough. 

  

(SESM) 2. What has basketball taught you that carries over into the other areas of your life? 

(QUAY) Basketball has taught me a lot of stuff. One thing it has taught me, is that I have to be a leader when we are down. I will always pick my team up and tell them the game isn't over. Without good grades, basketball don’t mean a thing. My mom pushes me to always stay on top of my grades, so when the coaches start calling, it will be one less thing to worry about. 

  

(SESM) 3. How do you want your team mates to remember you? 

(QUAY) As a good teammate and that I never give up or fold on them in sticky situations. 

  

(SESM) 4. If you didn’t play basketball what sport would you like to play? why? 

(QUAY) Football. I say this because football is a great physical sport and to be able to play football, you got to have HEART!!! I know I have everything to play the game of football. 

  

(SESM) 5. Do you have a pregame ritual that you do before every game? 

(QUAY) Yes Sir. I will get on one knee and thank GOD for everything HE has done for me and my teammates.  

  

(SESM) 6. Is there a particular significance to your jersey number (Why do you wear #10)? 

(QUAY) Because my grandfather wore number 10. When he passed away, I felt like I could pick up where he left things. I want to keep the Legacy Of Number 10 going. 

  

(SESM) 7. What motivated you to play basketball? 

(QUAY) My grandfather and I just love the game of basketball. 

  

(SESM) 8. Who is your favorite basketball player? 

(QUAY) LeBron James (The King) 

  

(SESM) 9. Who would you compare your style of play to in the NBA or NCAA? 

(QUAY) Kevin Durant 

  

(SESM) 10. Describe yourself as a person off the court. 

(QUAY) I'm a good person. I’m very anti-social. I'm a hard worker. I always go hard in the classroom and I take my classes seriously and I choose my friends carefully. I hang around positive people. 


Donavan Strickland 

Strickly Elite Sports Magazine

Southaven, Mississippi 38671

donavan.strickland@stricklyelite.com

FEBRUARY 23, 2019