In our last assignment before our group final project, Professor Collins had us make a “How To” video. I decided to make my how to video about basketball because it is my favorite sport. In “How To Get Buckets,” I break down the four essential steps of how to shoot a basketball.
The first step is balance, the second is elbow, the third is eyes and the fourth is follow through. Of course there are many other things that you have to add to your game in order to become a well rounded basketball player, but the main point of basketball is to score. The team that wins is the one who puts the ball in the hoop the most.
All of these things were taught to me by my eighth grade basketball coach Mr. Stark. I was so small back then that I would almost throw the ball at the rim every time I tried to score, but after being coached by him I became one of the best young players in my neighborhood.
In eighth grade my team at A. Vito Martinez Middle School went 22-6, a school record, before losing to Jane Adams in the playoffs. If we would have won, we would’ve gone down state. The loss will always stick with me, but the memories I most cherish are the times I spent with Mr. Stark honing my game.
Even when I graduated middle school I still came back around to work on my game with him. I used to tell him that I was going to to the NBA and that “Ball is Life.” A lot of things have changed since then. I won’t play in the NBA, but with my journalism skills I still think I can make it to the league. I’m just taking a different rout.