First of all I want to give thanks to my Lord Jesus Christ, for without him none of this would have been possible. I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and as a child I never thought I would be playing professional basketball. I excelled in soccer at a young age and that was what I enjoyed playing the most. I wasn’t introduced to basketball until the 6th grade. Over the next few years I worked on my coordination and my game. I finally started playing organized basketball at the age of 14. I realized I had a great shot, a natural talent for basketball, and this was the sport for me.
I made a name for myself during my high school years and was known for my ability to shoot the ball. Since I always had a slim frame I was taught to always be smarter and in better shape than my opponents. I had a lot of interest from different colleges straight out of high school but got into some trouble that would change my life and lead me to where I am now. I missed half my senior season due to being suspended from school and only played 10 games. After losing all my scholarships I didn’t know what to do, but the Lord had other plans for me. Once I finished high school I felt it was best for me to leave St. Louis so I would not get caught up with the wrong people. Rejection has always been my motivation and what drove me to always work harder. I went from being asked to walk on to a NAIA school out of high school to eventually starting at a top 25 Division 1 school. This brings me to one of my favorite quotes, “the best response to criticism is success.” After high school I decided to spend two years at New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI) that would eventually lead me to playing for Bobby Knight at Texas Tech University. In my mind Bobby Knight was the best coach in college basketball. During my time at NMMI I helped the basketball team make the regional tournament, an accomplishment that the team had not done in 29 years. I earned the name caramel because of my smooth and deadly shot. My game would soon land me in Lubbock, Texas where I helped the Texas Tech University men’s basketball team make it to the NCAA tournament both years. My junior year we made it to the 2nd round of the NCAA tournament. My senior year we were runner-up in the Big 12 Championship and went to the Sweet 16.
Playing at Texas Tech also led me to my beautiful wife, Amber Marshall. I believe the Lord led me to her and it was a divine setup. Since getting married we started to devote our lives to living more like Christ. Over the years of marriage my wife has helped me with my walk with God and I’m so blessed to have a woman that has my back. So many things have happened in our lives that we know for a fact was nobody but the Lord who did it. Now in my life I don’t make any decisions without putting it before God first. I live a life of consecration; I pray multiple times a day, meditate, and read my bible every day. My wife and I do more in the morning than most people do in a day. It’s amazing what you can gain when you seek the Lord. There is nothing like being in the presence of the Lord and in His presence there is fullness of joy. When people look at me I don’t want people to see me but to see Christ in me. Live for Christ and not for yourselves, when you gain wisdom, understanding will be produced.
I will leave you with this scripture from Matthew 6:33
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
I welcome everyone to experience this relationship with Christ and this journey with me. Always remember to keep God first and to God be the glory. Bless you all in Jesus name.