2023’s Alexander Excellent relishes being a reliable competitor for his squad | Youth1

2023’s Alexander Excellent relishes being a reliable competitor for his squad

Alexander Excellent is one of the best players from the Riverview, FL area in the Class of 2023.  

 

The 5-foot-10,142-pound Excellent, who attends Bell Creek Academy, is a dynamic player that works as a guard for the Tampa BayHawks. 

 

 

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

 

Excellent is going all out. 

 

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

 

“At my position my mindset is to be a reliable player that my team can look to every night. I look to score and use my court vision to set up my teammates especially on the fast break,” Excellent said. “My mindset is to win every game and to compete in every game I am part of.”

 

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

 

“The thing I love most about playing is being able to compete. I’m a competitor at heart and I’m always striving to win,” Excellent said. “I love the rush you get in a close game. I love the feeling you get after winning and pulling out in close games. It’s a feeling that can’t be matched.”

 

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

 

“Playing has taught me that life is full of ups and downs and that you can never tell what’s going to happen. Having off days and rough shooting nights have taught me that not every day is perfect,” Excellent said. “I’ve really learned that no matter how bad or good you play you have to stay level headed through it all. Playing has taught me to stay humble and level headed because some games won’t be as good as others which is the same in life.”

 

Excellent shares his favorite memory of playing basketball. 

 

“My favorite memory of playing is going to my first AAU tournament in Orlando. I was in the 8th grade and it was a huge learning curve for me since I’ve never played competition like that before,” Excellent said. “It showed me what good players played like and really gave me insight to the player I could become. Being able to travel to a tournament and play against good competition for the first time really made that my best memory.”

 

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

 

“I demonstrate being a good teammate by always going 110 percent and consistently setting the tone by showing that I want to win. I try and set the tone on offense and defense by showing intensity. I also try being a good teammate by helping my teammates off the court. I build a relationship with my teammates and let them know I’ve got their back not only in games, but in their real life too,” Excellent said. “The best advice I’ve given my teammates is to not worry about the score and keep playing hard. When we are down going into the second half I always tell my teammates to not worry about the score and continue to play at a high level.”

 

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

 

“I’ve learned from my coaches that you have to be open to everything and that’s helped me as a player and person. Learning that you have to listen to everything everyone says and not shut anyone down before they say what they need to say has helped me a lot as a person and on the court. My coaches all taught me patience and how just listening to what people have to say can change my perspective on things,” Excellent said. “The best advice I've gotten from my coaches is to play at my own pace. This helps me not only on the court but also in the classroom, it helps me focus and honestly puts me in the right state of mind whenever I do things at my pace.”

 

Excellent patterns his mentality after this talented and determined point guard. 

 

“A player that I look up to in college is University of Miami guard Chris Lykes. He’s a 5-foot-7, 150-pound junior guard that plays with pure hustle and heart. Even though he’s undersized, he still manages to put up 15 a game in one of the toughest conferences in college basketball,” Excellent said. “He plays tough and never looks scared. He always goes right at the competition and he doesn’t back down to anyone. I admire his heart and his fearless attitude to everyone and anything.”

 

Excellent lists chemistry as his favorite subject in school.

 

“I really enjoy all of the concepts in the class and I find the chemical reactions and experiments interesting,” Excellent said. “I like finding out about reactions and formulas that can make things happen.”

 

Excellent explains his collegiate aspirations. 

 

“My dream college is Duke University. This is my dream college because so many great players come from Duke and rise to stardom in the NBA,” Excellent said. “Not only are the players there elite, the basketball program at Duke University is up with some of the best programs in the country. It’s my dream to be able to play under a program as big and experienced as Duke and I feel that playing at Duke would turn me into NBA material.”

 

Excellent is striving for greatness in all that he does. 

 

“My goals on the court are to be a great teammate and be a player that my coach and teammates can rely on every single game,” Excellent said.”Off the court my goals are to keep my 4.0 GPA and continue to do well in class. I want to keep working with basketball and school off the court to try and get an academic or basketball scholarship.”

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