YouTube post Mar 28 2015 with Coach Mike Langston (with James dad help in the first half - thanks babe!)
Bay Area Bandits 15U (White) played 2 games at Laney College with a tough loss on the first game and a fought hard on the 2nd game but ended up loosing by 1 point. Such a close game all the way to the end (must watch the last part of the video). This is also James first game since Oct-2014. For 2-straight years, James said goodbyes to his weekends even hanging out with friends just to focus and prepare for high school try-outs. After hard work and pain every single day, James fell short. But he never gave up after getting cut from the high school freshman team try-outs. He came home and teared a little and said 'I am ready to work again". He said, "I worked hard mom" I know he did. I knew how much he wanted this. Even with skills, he was not good enough to be part of the high school freshmen team. It wasn't his time.
So when high school basketball season started, whistles are blowing in the crowded gym, except James was not on the floor. But this didn't bring him down. It didn't even stop him. He even attended the games to show his support. Yet it motivated him more to focus on his goal. So for 5-months straight, James met with his private coach (Teohn) 2x per week and also attended a high school session (powered by Elite24 Pure Sweat Basketball at TTA Hoops) plus met with a sports performance trainer at Accelerate Sports Performance in San Francisco 2x per week. On top of that, 3-hour practice in the gym when he's not in training-session so he can also pick up games here and there. All this for the Bandits basketball try-out. We can see how much he wanted it.
James is also a great student and is currently taking 7-courses including an AVID class which is a class that kids are accountable to the highest standards and that it will also help him geared in to the right direction on which college is right for him. He's on the right direction, just can't get the over the bump and to play high school ball. Hard work will pay off someday whether in basketball or any other form, your work ethic will gear you to success one day. This is certainly just the beginning. Never ever give up. Believe in yourself as we believe in you James.