Top Sports ’11-’12: The man who would be king

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Top Sports ’11-’12: The man who would be king

Brandon Hutton

Brandon Hutton

Brandon Hutton

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Most underclassmen do not get the opportunity to start varsity basketball during their sophomore year, especially when the team is known as one of the best in the city. But then again, Obama’s Darelle “D.J.” Porter is not most underclassmen, and has that honor. DJ is 6’3 and starts at center for Barack Obama’s basketball team. I had the pleasure to sit down and do a interview with him.

Q: How has the team grown since the beginning of the season?

Porter: We’ve really grown a lot because we had to get used to each other, and form a relationship with each other. Now it’s like anybody can go hard in the game at anytime!

Q: How has the season gone for you as a sophomore?

Porter: Pretty great because I’ve averaged double figures and had numerous double doubles this whole year, so far.

Q: What are the things you need to work on?

Porter: I think some of things I can work on more is speed and defense.

Q: What do you think the next season will look like?

Porter: I believe we’re still hungry for more this season but looking ahead to next year, I believe we will be undefeated city and states

Q: How do you balance basketball and school?

Porter: We have study hall every day before practice so that helps.

Q: who inspires you to play basketball?

Porter: The people who inspire me the most are Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, and Michael Jordan. The reason why they inspire me the most is because they all worked hard to be the best that they could be.

Q: Have you ever came to a point to were you wanted to quit basketball?

Porter: I will never want to quit basketball… I love it. When we lose it just makes me want to work harder to make sure it doesn’t happen again, not quit.

Q: What is something you’ve gained this year?

Porter: I would have to say maturity, confidence, and responsibility

Even though the interview was supposed to focus on basketball, there are other things DJ likes beyond the hoop court. Take rap music, for instance. His favorite rappers are Lil Wayne, Drake, J Cole, Biggie, and Tupac. He’s also a big fan of little Tyson chicken strips and drink lots of Gatorade.  DJ is an average young man off of the court, but anything but average when he is playing basketball.

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