From Michael Jordan’s obsession with rocking North Carolina shorts under his Chicago Bulls shorts during games to Serena Williams’ need to bounce the tennis ball five times before her first serve, athletes have long been believers that superstitions give them the added edge they need to get in the zone before games.
Every week we’ll take a look at some of the superstitions athletes and coaches from around the country implement.
This week we caught up with DeSoto (Texas) shooting guard Matt Jones, a Duke signee.
The Superstition: Pregame prayer
The Breakdown: “I know most players do this before games, but it’s not just something to do for me. I have to get that prayer in before the game. I’ve forgot to do it before and I’m just all over the place. It’s a must.”
The Why: “It calms me down and lets me know that everything is going to go the way it’s supposed to go. It’s hard to explain, but it’s even harder to get through a game if I don’t have this.”
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