By Ebony Carrington of Oowee Sports Nation
School: Life Middle School – Waxahachie
Player #: 23
Grade: 8th Grade
It’s usually every young man’s desire to play a professional sport, but for Deon Holloman Jr. — the possibility isn’t so unrealistic. At 13, Holloman stands 6 feet tall. He towers over his parents and is easily the second tallest on his Life Middle School (Waxahachie) 8th grade basketball team. He’s what you’d consider a team’s golden ticket, averaging 12 points, four blocks, four steals and five assists per game.
“I generally play center because of my height,” Holloman said. “But, I am naturally a small forward/shooting guard.”
The LMS basketball team currently holds a record of 5-0 for the season, with a promise of continuing on the path to a successful finish. They have an outstanding team to credit for it, not to mention Center — who is as competitive as they come. Holloman is known as the rim protector and for mid-range scoring and steals. He credits his competitiveness to all those he will ever come up against, sharing that’s what drives him — always striving for the No. 1 spot.
Holloman’s parents said he’s always been a natural at basketball, since he began playing at age five. Outside of his natural ability and height, he continuously challenges himself and creates goals that he can work to achieve.
“I would like to see improvement of my ball handling and consistency with shooting,” he said. “I am always trying to outdo my previous short term goals/stats.”
With the support of his parents, his goals in view and a focused mindset, Holloman intends to one day go for that definitive dream, playing in the NBA.
“My family has always been my greatest supporters. They always point me to God and tell me to never let anyone limit my abilities,” he said. “That’s why I plan to have a blast on this journey.”
He hopes to one day join the ranks of one of his top college picks, the University of Texas at Austin, University of Kentucky and the University of Georgia. As he continues to gain height and advance his athletic ability, maybe someday, he’ll be considered one of the pros.