Something Special is Going On At Benjamin Franklin High School

COVER_ Ethan Evangelista_ January 16_2019

Arguments about who should have made the high school basketball Varsity team are endless.   Everyone has an opinion and many young dreams are broken along the way when the necessary basketball cuts take place.

But when a Freshman makes the high school Varsity team, he better have the skills to back up the opportunity given.   The game is just too objective and it tends to quickly expose players who should not be on the court.  

This is especially true for Freshmen players whose bodies are usually not matured enough to handle the Varsity bodies that are strong, tall, fast and experienced on how to play the game.

So when a Freshman makes the team most eyes are on that player and skepticism regarding that player's right to be on the team abounds.     But when the Freshman steps into the team and becomes the main point guard for the Varsity squad, something special is being introduced. 

That "something special" is alive and well with Benjamin Franklin high school Freshman, Ethan Evangelista.   His first year season as a Varsity Freshman is showing that his high school coach made the right call to give this young man the opportunity, not only to make the team, but to lead it as well.

I can give you specifics on his skills and game IQ but I will leave that up to you.   Take the time to watch this up and coming young basketball star.   Visit Benjamin Franklin high school's remaining Varsity games or visit Ethan's club team, the Arizona All-Stars, when the program begins its high school club season in late February.   You will be impressed.

After all, Ethan Evangelista is a Freshman leading a high school Varsity team as the main point guard so there has to be "something special' going on.

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Basketball is like a Bullet Train | Fast and Hard to Jump on

Bullet TrainHave you ever tried to jump on a moving train?   Once the train gets going, you match its speed and then make a grab for the railings.   

But try to do this on a bullet train.   Its speed is dangerously fast to be able to execute this daunting maneuver.   The game of basketball is like a bullet train.   It is fast and impossible to jump on once it gets going.  

Many of today's players start to train at a young age and the results on the court are nothing short of amazing.  One sees this at the 7th and 8th grade levels.      After a couple of years of focused and intense 5th and 6th grade training to include club basketball training and games, school team season, camps, clinics and one-on-one sessions, young players are showing up to 7th and 8th grade tryouts ready to make the team and perform at spectacular levels.

Bu something happens along the way to basketball greatness with these young phenoms.   Only a few are able to sustain the hard work and sacrifice required to continue to be the best.     As they get older, they become complacent and distracted.    Many assume that they were born to become the next super stars of the game and their dreams become greater than their efforts.        They simply stop training as before and expect that the game will continue to reward them with amazing court success.

The game is like a bullet train on the move.   If you slow down and allow it to pick up speed, it will be next to impossible to simply jump on.    It is just too fast.     Once a young player achieves basketball success in 7th and 8th grade, he must continue to train even harder and with more fervor since the game moves faster at every level trying to shed as many players as possible to ensure that when it arrives at its destination only the best are on board.

So keep training.  Do not slow down.  Do not become distracted or complacent with past court success.    Stay on the basketball train.  Don't jump off since the odds are that you will most likely never be able to get back on again.  

Jose Morales | JuniorHoops.com