We were able to sit down with Michael Crutcher an NLP trainee who is On The Rise!!!
Here is what he had to say! Micheal is destined to be one of the best! Check It Out!
How has your freshman year been? -My freshman year has been great. I finally have had my first taste of high school basketball and it was much different from middle school ball. I saw a lot of different plays and defenses then I saw in middle school. A lot more hard work was required also.
What challenges did you face/overcome throughout this school year? - Beginning of the school year our team was new, we had some players who had never played with each other before so we didn't know how everyone played. So we ended up losing 6 games. But I overcame the situation by getting all my team together and explaining to them how we must work and pay attention to have a winning season. My team finished the season 10-6. A winning record and won a 3rd place tournament trophy.
How did you balance being a student/athlete? - It was kind of hard because I would have to come home late from a game or practice , take a bath , do school work, have dinner , and go to bed and get ready for school the next day. But what I did was instead of doing my school work before I got home, I arranged time before my games or while another team is playing to do my homework or if I had a test , I studied for my test.
What are your plans for the summer? - My plans for this summer are to get started if AAU basketball. Traveling and playing against some competition I've never played before. Going to camps are another priority, without camps you don't really get that exposure that you need. Working on my game, I work on my game very hard during the summer so I can comeback next school year better then I was last school year. Lastly preparing for school ball, during the summer my school team always had practices and goes to team camps to prepare for next school season.
What parts of your game are you planning to improve before next season? -I plan to improve on my strength. Standing at 6'4 almost 6'5 and 160 pounds, I have a lot of weight to put on. Being the tallest and the lankiest player on the team means you have to be able to play multiple positions. Some coaches want me to play down low cause I'm tall , and others want me to play on the perimeter. But getting stronger and putting on some weight will get me in the right shape I need to be in. Working on my footwork is key to me. Being able to dribble and shoot also is key for me, because my coaches have me playing point guard, shooting guard, small forward and sometimes the center and power forward. So I also have to work on my a ability to post up.
What type of player do you consider yourself to be? - I consider my self to be a point forward , a Kevin Durant type player. Because I play the 1, 2, and the 3. I can shoot with range , I protect the ball and score with my ball handling, I can catch and shoot, I can also take my man one on one .
Where do you draw your strength and courage from in moments that are tough in basketball/life? - From my mom, because she always motivates to keep working hard no matter if things don't happen the way you want them to happen. She pushes me to work hard in basketball, in my academics, but most of all being a strong young man who keeps God first. My mom is the reason why I continue to do what I do on the court and off the court.