WHAT MOTIVATES YOU?
The strength and love of my family. They motivate me to know my worth and responsibility to this world. My mother especially...she is such a strong woman who never lets anything hold her back and makes sure me and my siblings work toward our dreams and goals without wavering. I’m fortunate to have witnessed my family's kindness, resilience and overall hardworking nature and I strive to be like them and make them proud of me.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
My faith inspires me. It gives me strength on a daily basis and is the reason I strive to be an honorable, decent man personally and professionally and want to help others
WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF?
As an athlete we’re always encouraged from an early age to not really have fears...to feel like you can face down any opponent and succeed. I’ve definitely lived that way, but as I’ve experienced more personally and professionally I’ve learned to embrace the strength there is in recognizing we all have fears - and that it’s a good thing. So, I fear not making a positive impact in my community. I fear not exploring, experiencing or learning as much as I can for as long as I can.
AN IMPORTANT LESSON YOU’VE LEARNED?
Take absolutely nothing for granted...nothing is permanent nor is it promised.
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SEE CHANGE IN THE WORLD?
I want the hate in this world to end. I want people to see each other. Races, nationalities, religions and cultural differences are not something to be afraid of - love each other. Period.
HOW DO YOU THINK INDIVIDUALS CAN AFFECT CHANGE IN THE WORLD?
By doing a lot of what I said previously...explore, ask questions, educate yourself. Meet new people, be active in your community. Learn the needs of the people around you...especially the kids. I’m 22 and have never seen age as a barrier to anything. Some of the most influential people I admire and watch today are under 30. That’s the future of change in this world.
YOUR PHILOSOPHY ON LIFE?
It all crosses over. From how you interact with teammates or coaches translating to how you make personal and professional relationships. The court is really just one big experiment. Plus playing the sport I love has opened up all kinds of doors for me...I’ve been very blessed.
WHAT IDEALS ARE MOST IMPORTANT TO YOU?
Servitude. To people and the world. Respect. Of differences around you - learn from them.
HOW DOES YOUR EXPERIENCE IN BASKETBALL RELATE TO LIFE OUTSIDE OF THE SPORT?
Yes, my grandmother was a fearless woman and took great care of us throughout the war. My mother is a very strong woman - even after losing my father, she did everything she could to make sure we were safe and took great risks to bring us to America to have a better life. I learned to be fearless and strong from them.