2023’s Abdul-Kareem Salahuddin cherishes the life lessons learned on the court | Youth1

2023’s Abdul-Kareem Salahuddin cherishes the life lessons learned on the court

Abdul-Kareem Salahuddin is one of the best players from the Tampa, FL area in the Class of 2023.  


The 6-foot, 157-pound Salahuddin, who attends Hillsborough High School, is a dynamic player that works as a point guard and shooting guard. 



No matter the opponent, every game Salahuddin is determined to give it his all. 


Salahuddin is going all out. 


The motor is always at full throttle whenever Salahuddin steps between the lines.


“My mindset at my position is to get good passes to my teammates so they can score the ball,” Salahuddin said. “Also, shoot the ball well and just to be the best at what I do.”


Salahuddin has great passion and energy whenever he’s on the hardwood. Salahuddin tells why he enjoys the game of basketball so much. 


“What I love most about playing is wearing number 10 for my dad and making him proud,” Salahuddin said. “I also love to play defense.”


Salahuddin has learned many valuable lessons from playing basketball that he applies to his everyday life. 


“What playing has taught me about life is to play and be patient,” Salahuddin said. 


Salahuddin shares his favorite memory from playing basketball. 


“My favorite memory of playing is when I played in front of one of my old coaches, Coach Cole for E1T1,” Salahuddin said. “He used to coach for my middle school and during that time I wasn’t so good and I didn’t play as much but when I played in front of him previously I felt like I proved him wrong.”


Salahuddin takes his role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Salahuddin makes sure he’s a daily positive influence on his peers.


“How I would demonstrate being a good teammate is helping out one of my teammates when they're going through something and just being there for them. Also keeping them focused and on track,” Salahuddin said. “Some of the best advice I gave one of my teammates was keep working and don’t give up on your dreams because at the time he was about to give up on himself.” 


Salahuddin is appreciative of having amazing male role models that are supportive.


“The best thing I learned from my coaches is to never give up and always do your best,” Salahuddin said. “The best advice from my coaches is to not get distracted and stay focused because of my dad’s situation.”


Salahuddin patterns his mentality after this legendary guard. 


“What player I look up to at my position is Allen Iverson because he went through a lot of adversity in life and struggled to get to where he wanted to be,” Salahuddin said. “He never gave up; he just kept pushing to be great. He can score the ball at a high level and make good passes to his teammates.”


Salahuddin lists math as his favorite subject in school. 


“I love to challenge myself,” Salahuddin said. 


Salahuddin explains his collegiate aspirations. 


“My dream college is Duke University because they have a good academic program and basketball program,” Salahuddin said. 


Salahuddin is striving for greatness in all that he does. 


“My goals on and off the court is to maintain a 3.0 in school and stay out of trouble and eat right. Also, keeping my body in shape,” Salahuddin said. “My goals on the court are to win games and play well on offense and defense.”


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