“The harder you prey, the harder you work, and the more you’ll succeed.”
If you ask Devin Martin what the phrase “prey harder” means to him, that’s what he will tell you.
The guard played the last two years for the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks, who regularly use #PreyHarder on social media to describe the men’s basketball program.
Last week, Martin signed a contract with his agency, taking the next step towards his ultimate dream of making it to the NBA. But, in the early years, some wondered if his dream would ever be realized.
Martin has had to overcome various challenges that would have knocked most people down and kept them away from realizing their dreams. Instead of letting the obstacles keep him down, Martin overcame them all, seemingly coming out stronger and more mature each time.
While they faltered, the future looks bright down in Beaumont, TX. With the emergence of freshman guard Nick Garth and freshman forward Dorian Chatman last season, the foundation has been set.
Despite the emergence of two future stars, the Cardinals also said goodbye to veteran point guard Kevin Booze, who was dismissed from the program at season’s end. That left a hole in the back court that needed to be filled.
Head Coach Tic Price and his coaching staff hit the recruiting trail hard this off-season, bringing in strong recruits to bolster the roster at various positions. Then, on April 13th, the Cardinals got a commitment from a point guard that they had coveted from the beginning.
“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.
In life, sometimes things don’t go the way you envisioned them playing out. How you deal with the changes, and adapt to them, will be how people remember you in the long run.
One can get down and let the changes control them, or they can take charge and make the best out of the situation. The latter of the two is vastly recommended.
Former Wofford Terriers‘ guard Larry McKnight, Jr. is taking the road less travelled to set himself up for the best future possible in the game of basketball. Once a part of a highly-touted recruiting class for the Terriers in the Class of 2014, McKnight, Jr. didn’t see the floor for Wofford over his tenure at the school.
Now a member of the Palm Beach State Panthers (JUCO), he is looking to get back to the Division I level after a strong season in 2016-17 at his new home.
Looking back at his time with Wofford, one thing sticks out above anything else for the native of Miami, FL.
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,