Featured Athlete: Jacob Alston

Jacob Alston.

JACOB ALSTON

Senior

WHO IS YOUR SPORTS HERO? Derrick Rose.

WHAT MAKES THEM YOUR HERO? Derrick Rose is my sports hero because he goes through trials that he has using his love of the game of basketball.

WHAT DO ALL GOOD COACHES HAVE IN COMMON? I think all good coaches have the common goal of making the player not only better for the team, but better as an individual. They focus on the player as an athlete and as a person in society.

WHO HAS BEEN YOUR ALL-TIME FAVORITE COACH? WHY? My all-time favorite coach is Joe Fenske, who was the assistant coach for both my years as a varsity football player. He truly pushed me to be the best I could be. He saw my potential, believed I could do things that I wasn’t even sure I could do, and he was always right about it.

WHEN DID YOU FIRST GET INTERESTED IN BASKETBALL? I have always been interested in the game of basketball. For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a hoop in my backyard. I was always on the court at recess, since I started school in kindergarten. 

HAVE YOU BROKEN ANY PERSONAL OR SCHOOL RECORDS? IF SO WHAT ARE THEY? I have not broken any school records. I do not have any personal records recorded, but one personal goal I have is just each time I work out or go on runs, really test my body and see how far or how long I can really go.

WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST MOMENT IN BASKETBALL? My proudest moment so far is my first dunk, I always dreamed of dunking as a kid and when I finally could, it was a big accomplishment for me.

DO YOU SEE BASKETBALL IN YOUR FUTURE? IF SO WHERE AT? I do see basketball in my future, I would like to start my college career at Butte and see where it goes from there.

IS IT DIFFICULT TO BALANCE SCHOOL AND SPORTS? It can be difficult being tired after practice, but it’s usually on game days when you go home and really do not want to do school work. You just have to know school comes first and you have to do your school work if you want to play the sports.

WHAT IS A TYPICAL DAY LIKE? HOW MUCH TIME IS SPENT TRAINING AND PRACTICING? During the school year, you do not get much time. Usually about a two hour practice and if I am lucky, I will get to stay after and shoot a little bit. Summer and the off season is where you really get to put in the long hours on the court.

DO YOU HAVE TO FOLLOW A SPECIFIC DIET? I do not follow a specific diet. My mom has always cooked healthy and I eat healthy. The only main thing is that I try to stay away from sodas and too much candy.

WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED ABOUT TEAM WORK OVER THE YEARS? Communication. Hang out with your teammates outside of sports. The more you know them, the better you guys will play together. Also, get in the gym together outside of mandatory practices and open gyms.

WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED ABOUT YOUR OWN ENDURANCE? The main thing that I have learned about endurance is that your mind can tell your body to go way further then you may want to or feel like you can. Nobody can believe in you unless you believe in yourself, you got to want it. You have to love to be challenged. 

HAVE YOUR PARENTS ALWAYS BEEN SUPPORTIVE OF YOUR SPORT? My parents have always been my number one supporters and they always pushed me to do what I love and to do it to my best ability.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE OR ENCOURAGEMENT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOUNGER ATHLETES? If you plan on playing after high school, start taking it seriously at a young age. Prepare yourself for the next stage, whether it is getting ready for your freshman year of sports or your varsity year. Prepare yourself, listen to the council of your coaches because growth comes through being uncomfortable, become comfortable with being uncomfortable.

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