Thursday, February 4, 2010

Diary Of A Baller: Jalen "Young One" Henriquez (New Jersey) Entry #15

Hello Basketball World,

These past weeks have been beneficial in me making my high school decision; however, I still have not decided where I will be heading next year for various reasons. Friday I went to Paramus Catholic High School to be a freshman for a day, they showed love and I had a good time at the school. I also enjoyed things like their early dismissal and structure of the school. I also want to send Shout outs to Coach Mack and Coach Barnes down at PC. I also saw PC's freshman and JV teams practice which was cool.

The weekend was slow and not very eventful only consisting of a few workouts and one of my brother’s games. Tuesday I spent the day with the freshman at Dwight Englewood which also went good. I had a fun time hanging out with one of my teammates Robert Zeller who was assigned to show me around. I enjoyed all the freedom the students get and had a great time with a few of my teammates who go there. This week I had two school games, I enjoyed the competition we got on Tuesday, although I arrived late due to the fact that Dwight Englewood gets out at 330. Which was the same time as the start of my game. We ended up losing but I had fun. Thursday we had another school game where I was able to score a lot, which is always cool.

This past weekend was a step up from the last one because it was the start of the Bergen County Jamboree. It is a great opportunity great to watch all the high school competition between the best teams in the county. Congrats to my Teammate Chris Orozco for leading his Tenafly Tigers to a 12-1 record and a Jamboree bid. Also to Wes Dickinson, Keion Osbourne and Zach Hodges down at Dwight Englewood, best of luck to Robert Zeller with his leg injury. I would also like to mention the anticipation of this AAU season being that all my teammates have a year of high school basketball under their belts. Its testament to the way Coach Ozzie pushes us that every one of his players is successful high school athletes. He says he always leaves his boys to be “high school ready” if not college ready. Importantly, I would like to send a very deep shout out to the Garcia family as Carlos Garcia passed away on January 20th 2010; you will always be in our memories and our hearts.

“Ask me to play. I’ll play. Ask me to shoot. I’ll shoot. Ask me to pass. I’ll pass. Ask me to steal, block out, sacrifice, lead and dominate. ANYTHING. But it’s not what you ask of me. It’s what I ask of myself.” -Lebron James

Young One, Out