“Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.”
Those words, from the late Arthur Ashe, symbolize the basketball journey that collegiate forward Novian Cherry has been on.
Cherry’s journey hasn’t been an easy one.
He grew up in a single parent household, raised by his mother along with his brothers. He also has had to deal with all the doubters about his game, overcome obstacles in life, and being labelled as the “underdog” more often than not.
Listed with only one year left of eligibility* left in college, it would be assumed that his journey is nearing the finish line.
Instead, Cherry’s journey is just beginning, and he’s looking forward to proving even more people wrong.
The late Princess Diana once said ,”Family is the most important thing in the world.”
For Independence Community College Pirates’ women’s basketball sophomore guard Brianna Jackson, the game of basketball means that she can play not only for her family, but more important people as well.
As a freshman, Jackson averaged 13.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game, while shooting 45.5% from the field, 31.7% from three point range, and 75.2% from the free throw line.
Jackson’s 13.7 points and 2.9 assists per game were tops on the team, while her 3.5 rebounds per game were the third-best mark on the team.
As a sophomore, she led her team in scoring for the second straight year. Jackson finished this past season averaging 15.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game, while shooting 41.5% from the field and 33.0% from three point land.
Even though her career at Independence Community College has recently finished, what’s next for Brianna Jackson’s basketball career is uncertain. She is still ‘On the Brink’ of great success, both on and off the court.
In this exclusive interview with Brianna Jackson, learn why she plays for not only family and friends, but for her city and God, how she was able to maintain a 3.5 G.P.A., how her mother is her biggest role model, and more,
The late Audrey Hepburn once said, “The most important thing is to enjoy your life- to be happy- it’s all that matters.”
For freshman guard Lexis Valentin, this message holds true.
Valentinis a freshman guard for the LaGuardia Community College Red Hawks, and plays under head coach Anthony Alfaro.
Valentin finished this season averaging 10.6 points, 2.3 assists, 2.4 rebounds, and 1.5 steals per game while shooting 35.3% from the field, 34.7% from three point range, and 69.6% from the free throw line.
In our interview with the freshman guard, we discuss who she looks up to in the basketball world, her love for God and the game of basketball, and the culture she is a part of.
The late English writer Samuel Johnson once said, “Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance.”
In the junior college basketball world, Johnson’s words hold true for our next featured interviewed junior college men’s basketball player.
This week’s “On the Brink” selection played his two seasons at the Community College of Beaver County for head coach Steve Brodzinski. He finished this season averaging 10.8 points and 4.4 rebounds per game, while shooting 56.1% from the field as a 6’6”, 220pound guard/forward.
That player is sophomore Deon Baker Jr.
Baker currently holds Division I offers from the St. Francis (PA) Red Flash, Youngstown State Penguins, and Grambling State Tigers.
Learn Baker’s story of what basketball means to him, why he plays for God, and a whole lot more!
Freshman guard Briana Johnson did it all for the LaGuardia Community College Red Hawks this past season. Johnson’s efforts, both offensively and defensively, provided a spark for the Red Hawks. Johnson led the team in scoring, averaging 15.5 points per game, while finishing fourth of the team with 4.2 rebounds and second in three pointers made.
Based on her performance on the court and praise off the court, Johnson’s story is one that needed to be told. She is this week’s featured interview in the weekly column, “On the Brink.”
Learn her journey from her basketball lineage, why she enjoys taking charges, why she wants to be remembered as a leader, but most importantly, why she is out to prove people wrong.