Jean Luma is one of the best players from the Tampa, FL area in the Class of 2022.
The 5-foot-9, 146-pound Luma, who attends Plant High School, is a dynamic player that works as a shooting guard for the Tampa BayHawks.
Luma has earned plenty of recognition during his career, such as earning Super 6 Series metals.
Luma is humbled by the opportunity to compete against the best of the best and showcase his skills.
“Those awards mean a lot because our teams work very hard to get them,” Luma said. “It was very fun and rewarding.”
No matter the opponent, every game Luma is determined to give it his all.
Luma is going all out.
The motor is always at full throttle whenever Luma steps between the lines.
“My mindset when I’m on the court is to play my hardest and do not let emotions hinder my performance,” Luma said.
Luma has great passion and energy whenever he’s on the hardwood. Luma tells why he enjoys the game of basketball so much.
“What I love most about the game of basketball is that it is very fun and competitive,” Luma said.
Luma has learned many valuable lessons from playing basketball that he applies to his everyday life.
“Playing has taught me that when you fail and fall down get back and never give up,” Luma said.
Luma shares his favorite memory of playing basketball.
“My favorite memory playing is playing in a three-point shootout in the first grade with a life-long friend,” Luma said. “It opened my eyes up to how fun basketball is.”
Byron Batchelor has coached Luma for one year with the Tampa BayHawks.
Batchelor explains the best parts of Luma’s game.
“Jean is a natural scorer. He knows how to put the ball in the basket,” Batchelor said. “I love Jean’s aggressiveness to score.”
Luma takes his role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Luma makes sure he’s a daily positive influence on his peers.
“Being a great teammate is always being there for your teammates especially when things get hard. I treat my teammates as if they are my family,” Luma said. “The best advice I give is to leave your problems at the door and just play ball.”
Batchelor adds that Luma is one of those consummate teammates that every squad needs to be successful.
“Jean plays with a high motor and plays with that motor on both sides of the floor,” Batchelor said.
Luma is appreciative of having amazing male role models that are supportive.
“My coaches have taught me how important it is for you to be on the same page as your teammates. My coaches relates basketball to the real world,” Luma said. “The best advice they give is to clear your mind and hoop.”
Batchelor is an advocate of Luma’s capabilities.
“When Jean catches rhythm and plays with confidence he can take over a game offensively,” Batchelor said.
Luma is on the grind to perfect and hone his craft in any way possible.
“In my opinion, Jean has the natural ability to become a big-time player in Hillsborough County,” Batchelor said. “If he continues to work hard on his game and body there’s no reason why he can’t become one of the top scorers in the county.”
Batchelor explains why he compares Luma to this crafty guard.
“If I had to compare Jean to an NBA player I would say Jamal Crawford because of his instant offense,” Batchelor said.
Luma patterns his mentality after this NBA MVP.
“My favorite pro player is Russell Westbrook because of his fearless playing style,” Luma said.
Luma is constantly striving for greatness in everything that he does.
“My goals are to play well constantly and to make good grades,” Luma said.
Luma’s dream college to attend is Auburn.
“They have an amazing architecture program and basketball program,” Luma said.
Batchelor outlines the areas of improvement that will take Luma’s game to the next level.
“Jean needs to improve with creating for his teammates. Jean can definitely create for himself, now let’s improve to creating for teammates,” Batchelor said. “Running the offense and becoming a good on ball defender are things he can work on.”
Batchelor believes the sky is the limit as long as Luma continues to stay hungry.
“Jean plays for a good high school program at Plant, and has a good coach in Coach Willis,” Batchelor said. “The next two years Jean should be leading Plant to district championship and contention for state championships.”
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