Once upon a time there was a boy who was
extremely tall. But he did not know what to do with
his height. He tried several sports including wrestling,
baseball, football tennis, basketball, golf, and swimming. But none of
them worked out except for basketball and swimming. Although he was a
better swimmer he did not have a passion for it the way he did for
basketball. So at the age of seven he quit swimming to focus fully on
Jock was a very good athlete to begin with but basketball made him look
like an even better one. He could jump up very high which made him a
tremendous shot blocker. He also had a soft touch around the basket and
had a very nice three point shot to increase his ability.
His eighth grade year he began to show the
public how good he was by starting on the ninth grade basketball team.
He averaged fifteen points a game and 12 rebounds. He took his team to
the playoffs as the best player on his team.
In the first round of the playoffs Jock scored the winning three point
shot with 2.1 seconds left. They then advanced to the second round. But
in the second round of the playoffs, although Jock scored thirty-one
points with eight blocks, they lost to Hampton
Although Jock's team lost the game they had the best season they had
had since 2000. Also Jock had a spot saved for
him on the varsity bench as a freshman.
Only as a freshman Jock was the big man at high school. The one all
the senior girls flirted with, the one the wrestlers thought was cool.
The only problem he faced was with grades. He wasnít a stupid kid or
anything he just was caught up with high school fun
and never had time to do work.
After the first month of school Jock had two Fís and three Dís. The only
class he had a good grade in was Physical Education.
So after a very long talk with the principal, his teacher, and the head
basketball coach Jock realized if he did not step his game up
academically he would no longer be able to play on the varsity
basketball team. Although it was not easy Jock put his friends off to
the side and put his head in the books.
After only one week of studies Jock had four Bís, and one C. During that
same week basketball started. Although Jock was very
good he practiced extra hard to make sure senior forward Pat Dixon did
not start over him.
They had two weeks of practice before the first game. During those two
weeks Jock worked very hard trying to outshine everyone in every drill.
Although Jock played the best coach was very wary about Jock's
grades and did not start him until the second game.