I played for the legendary Dennis Tobin at Sparta High School. We were fortunate to have very successful teams during my stay as a 3 year starter (including 3 straight county tournament championships and a 63-12 record). Personally, I was able to achieve a measure of success as well (2 county tournament MVP’s and 1,000+ points).
BT back at Sparta High School, getting ready to drop the hammer!
My natural position is point guard due to my lack of height!!! It also become one of my biggest motivating factors. I knew from an early age that I was going to have to somehow overcome my lack of physical prowess. I developed a hunger and a fire to do just that. I decided that if I couldn’t be as big or as tall as everyone else, I would outwork them instead. I spent my time on the playground, in my driveway, in the gym (at all hours). I studied the game from players better than myself, from coaches who understood the game inside and out. I sought out any bit of information, any drill, that could help me take my game to the next level. I played against players that were bigger, faster, stronger and older than I, because better competition makes for a better player. As I continued on my journey, I picked up many of the same drills that I still teach today. The fundamentals never change. My fierce belief in this still drives me today when I am teaching kids the basics of the game. A foundation built on the rocks of fundamentals has no ceiling and limitless potential. A game built without it is bound for failure and frustration.
My strong work ethic and love for the game landed me at the University of Rochester. I came in a started as a freshman but tore my ACL in my left knee in September of my sophomore year. There was no choice but reconstructive surgery and a long, grueling rehab. It was devastating as it immediately wiped out my entire season before it began. Yet I remained determined. I looked at it as a great opportunity to become better, to become stronger. I hit the rehab as hard as I’d ever hit anything in my life. I could not accept this as my basketball fate! Within 8 months I was back playing full speed (and I will tell you, grueling is an understatement!). It was a challenge I accepted and faced head on and I was thrilled to be back on the court doing what I loved. There is nothing like a sense of hard earned accomplishment!