2023’s Ashley Bethel is the ultimate team-first point guard | Youth1

2023’s Ashley Bethel is the ultimate team-first point guard

Ashley Bethel is one of the best players from the Miami, FL area in the Class of 2023.  


The 5-foot-5, Bethel, who attends Miami Beach Senior High School, is a dynamic player that works as a point guard. 



Bethel has earned plenty of recognition during her career, such as being selected to the Junior Orange Bowl Basketball Classic. 


Bethel is humbled by the accolades.  


“The awards and events mean a lot to me and are amazing. But if I never won those awards I will still want to be the best player and teammate I can be,” Ballard said. “I would continue my journey to inspire others to not give up even if you're not being awarded for the amount of effort you put in. The kind of experience I had in the events was really fun and also a tough challenge against great players. But competing is always my way of playing to get better.”


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


Bethel is going all out. 


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


“My mindset at my position is to be the best at what I do,” Bethel said. “Driving to the basket to score or to shoot the ball, make smart choices, hustling on defense and offense, and to improve more over the years.”


Bethel has great passion and energy whenever she’s on the court. Bethel tells why she enjoys the game of basketball so much. 


“What I love the most about playing is that I get to meet new people, play against competition, and have fun,” Bethel said. 


Bethel has learned many valuable lessons from playing basketball that she applies to her everyday life. 


“Playing has taught me to never be afraid to try new things, to never give up on things in life, and to always believe in yourself,” Bethel said. 


Bethel takes her role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Bethel makes sure she’s a daily positive influence on her peers.


“I demonstrate being a good teammate by showing respect to my coaches, putting effort into practices and games, being humble ,and giving good advice to my teammates,” Bethel said. “The best advice I gave to my teammates is that no matter what the score is just play your hardest and have confidence in yourself.”


Bethel is appreciative of having amazing role models that are supportive.


“I’ve learned from my coaches that being a better player isn’t that easy. It takes time and they can teach you the game but if you don’t believe in yourself, your success will take longer. Once you have the confidence and find your talent you’ll be great. I also learned that being a better person can take you a lot of places in life if you have respect for others and respect for yourself,” Bethel said. “The best advice my coaches have ever given me is to never give up, keep pushing towards my goals and continue to work hard and have confidence.”


Bethel patterns her mentality after this standout. 

“I look up to Zia Cooke because she’s a really good player who knows how to move the ball around really good, knows how to get to the basket very well, and is a really good inspiration,” Bethel said. 

Bethel lists science as her favorite subject in school. 

“the reason why this is my favorite subject is because I like to explore nature and new things,” Bethel said. 


Bethel is striving for greatness in all that she does. 

“My goal on the court is to become the best player in my class as a point guard, and my goal off the court is to inspire people and help them,” Bethel said.


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