My name is AJ Edwards. I have worked with Coach Watts for about 8 years and he asked me to share with everyone my story and how I’ve been able to get to the position I’m in right now. Just to give everyone a little background as to who I am, I grew up with a twin brother, an older brother, and my parents in Seattle. I went to Roosevelt High School and I’m now at South Kent School in Connecticut doing a prep year before college. I achieved my lifelong goal of playing Division 1 basketball by committing to play at Yale University next year.
I remember growing up and going to Coach Watt’s basketball camps. At the beginning of every camp we would all circle up in the middle and he would talk to us about his life and playing basketball and goals we should set. Something that stood out to me was at every one of these camps he would ask all of us, “How many of you want to play Division 1 basketball when you grow up?” And everyone, including me, would raise his or her hand. I feel like everyone in that gym wanted it, but not everyone knew exactly what he or she would need to sacrifice in order to make those dreams a reality. So my hope in telling my story is to give you an idea of the sacrifices that you need to make if playing basketball in college is really something you want to do.
This is just the beginning of the story… stay tuned for the next entry of AJ’s journey to D1 basketball!