Thursday, December 10, 2009

Diary Of A Baller: Jalen "Young One" Henriquez (New Jersey) Entry #10

Hello Basketball World,

This week I want to start my diary talking about the things I am not doing such as PLAYING BASKETBALL. This whole week that has passed by, I have had my nose to the books. I have only picked up a basketball once this week for my middle school teams practice which is more fun as oppose to a workout. I had a very strong semester with my grades and tests my dad will not allow me to play in any events until after December 13th, when I take my last High School acceptance test. This week, I visited Dwight Englewood where a few of my AAU teammates go. My parents and I took a tour of the school; the facilities were incredible, much like a College campus in the way it’s built and the way the classes are structured. The academic workload will be very challenging. I had very nice interview with Mr. Shaurette, who is the Associate Director of Admissions at the school. I also got a chance to look at some of the classes and meet some of the students and other faculty members, the teachers seem extremely accommodating which can relate to the school I attend now. This is the second school that I have visited the first being Paramus Catholic, which was also a great school in different ways that Dwight, the classes are larger and it is a Catholic school making it overall a different experience. The faculty and coaching staff were very welcoming at the school, which was great.

Next Wednesday is my last day of school before our holiday break, which I look forward to. The ISEE exam will be over and I will be finished with high School applications and entrance exams, pushing me one step closer to choosing a High School. I have a scheduled visit with Blair Academy, Don Bosco, and a tour of St. Anthony’s where I will be a student for a day. The High School process has been fun but a lot of work, I am very excited to start AAU in the spring with my AAU team, the Gym Ratz when I can hopefully have my school picked out, all the schools are extremely appealing and interesting in different ways, they all have unique things to offer. Have a great week to everyone; time to go back to work, and hopefully by my next entry I will be done!

Young One…Out