By: Jahbril Price-Noel
Jay-Z once said “I know this game got valleys and peaks, expectation for dips,” and that's what the full experience has been for me so far. This life of being a student-athlete has its valleys, days where you’re sore, tired, and mentally fatigued. It is very easy to give in and tap out, but you can’t. You have to remember your purpose, desires and aspirations. Those things are very important and give you that extra boost to get through the short days and long nights of the grind. Trust me, works every time. It is also important that you have brothers that help guide you and lift you up. That's the type of teammates that I have. No one will fall because we are each others crutches. We need to have that bond, especially with the season quickly approaching on us.
Practice has become more intense now that we are officially considered to be in season. This means more soaking in of knowledge and more commitment to getting better as a unit. It’s pretty exciting if you ask me. For me personally, this has been something that I have been dreaming about my whole life.
Sometimes I catch myself while thinking and realize that I'm grateful to be in the position that I am in. I know of people who would scratch and claw with empty pockets just to get to California, let alone be a Division I student-athlete. Just to be able to say that I’m getting a free education and playing the game I love at the same time is such a gratifying thing.
As for an update on the team, I'm sure people are itching to hear, but I don’t like spilling the beans. I could state the obvious and inform you on things like Berties jumping ability, but that’s like asking if birds fly. It’s a well known fact. What I will say is that the returners have definitely enhanced their games and the newcomers are bring exciting elements to the team this year. Put all that together, and it’ll be a pleasure to watch.
Roc-A-Fella y’all …..,