RALEIGH, N.C. – Kinston (Kinston, N.C.) point guard Josh Dawson didn’t want to waste his New Year’s resolution on anything typical. He knows too many people who are buying gym memberships that they won’t use or committing to diets that they’ll inevitably break, so Dawson figured he’d focus his resolution for 2013 on hoops.
“It’s the thing I’m most passionate about,” Dawson said. “So it makes more sense to have a resolution that has something to do with ball.”
In addition to Dawson, we caught up with a handful of players at the HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational in Raleigh, N.C., and had them dish on their hoops-related New Year’s resolutions.
Myron Carmon, Goldsboro (Goldsboro, N.C.), 2016
My New Year’s resolution for hoops is… “To improve my right hand so it’s just as strong as my left. I know that’s my biggest weakness, and I know that the other teams play me a certain way because of it. If I can improve that it’ll just be that much harder to stop me.”
Diante Baldwin, High Point Christian (High Point, N.C.), 2013
My New Year’s resolution for hoops is… “To improve my jump shot and getting my team more excited about the games. I just feel like, as the point guard, I’m the guy who gets everything going and I need to be able to consistently knock down jump shots when the defense gives them to me.”
Jackson Kent, High Point Christian (High Point, N.C.), 2013
My New Year’s resolution for hoops is… “To get stronger and work on my defense. I’m just planning to work harder in the weight room and doing different drills where I finish with contact to improve that.”
Denzel Keyes, Kinston (Kinston, N.C.), 2013
My New Year’s resolution for hoops is… “To improve my handles. I want to work on them to get them a lot better so I can go to either side and finish. It would just make me a more complete player. I’m doing a lot of different drills with cones and different things like that to improve them.”
Josh Dawson, Kinston (Kinston, N.C.), 2013
My New Year’s resolution for hoops is… “To lead my team to another state championship. That’s the only resolution that I really have. We’ve got so much that we need to improve on to get there and so my only focus is to get another ring.”
Terry Maston, DeSoto (DeSoto, Texas), 2014
My New Year’s resolution for hoops is… “To be more aggressive. I just want to get my hands better and attack the rim better and things like that. I know that would make me way more dangerous so that’s what I’m focusing on in the new year.”
Matt Jones, DeSoto (DeSoto, Texas), 2013
My New Year’s resolution for hoops is… “To get even hungrier for this game. I never want to take anything for granted when I’m playing so I want to improve my work ethic even more, and it’s already pretty good. A lot of guys don’t work hard, but I pride myself on the work I put in and in 2013 I want to take that to another level.”
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