2028’s Zyaire Biddines wants to be the next Russell Westbrook | Youth1

2028’s Zyaire Biddines wants to be the next Russell Westbrook

Zyaire Biddines is one of the best players from the Tampa, FL area in the Class of 2028.


The 4-foot-6, 50-pound Biddines, who attends St Petersburg Christian, is a dynamic point guard for Victory Lane and Childs Park Warriors.


Biddines has earned plenty of awards and recognition, such as: three-time back to back champion. two-time All-Star and one Finals MVP.


Biddines is humbled for the opportunity to showcase his talents.


“It shows that I worked hard for those awards and if I keep working hard I’ll get more,” Biddines said. “It was a really good experience and it made me feel special.”


No matter the opponent, on each play Biddines is determined to give it his all.


Biddines is going all out.


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


“I like to help my teammates get good shots,” Biddines said. “My mindset is to make winning plays that will help my team win games.”


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


“What I love most about playing basketball is shooting and passing the ball,” Biddines said. “I love being able to get the crowd on their feet, clapping and cheering. It’s a great feeling.”


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


The main one is applying perspective to all situations.


“Playing basketball has taught me so much,” Biddines said. “It has taught me that dream work makes the team work. As long as you work hard you can make any of your dreams come true.”


Biddines recalls his favorite basketball memory.


“When I won the Finals MVP this year,” Biddines said. “It was great to win the award because it means that we the championship and that’s most important. The success of my team means more to me than anything I earn for myself.”


Lorenzo Biddines has been coaching his son for three years with Victory Lane and Childs Park Warriors.


Mr. Biddines explains the best parts of his son’s game.


“He can see the floor and he’s not selfish at all. He’d rather his teammates score than he score,” Mr. Biddines said. “He’s a floor general and he knows how to hit the open shot. He’s a very unselfish player that always puts the team first.”


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


“I try to be a good teammate by setting an example for everyone to follow,” Biddines said. “The best advice I give my teammates is don’t worry about missing a shot, just keep shooting. Because no matter how many times you miss, you have to be confident that you’re going to make the next one.”


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


“My coaches have helped make me a better player and person on and off the court,” Biddines said. “The best advice they give me is never give up and always play at 100 percent. They tell me if I do that and give my all then I’ve given myself the best chance to win.”


Mr. Biddines recalls an example of his son’s capabilities.


“This year’s championship,” Mr. Biddines said. “It was a defensive game and he got a clutch rebound at the end of the game to seal the victory. He was a major reason why we won the title. We wouldn’t have won without his contributions.”


In addition to making clutch plays, Biddines also has a high level of basketball IQ as well.


Biddines has excellent basketball awareness that puts him in position to thrive.


“He knows where to get on the court to get rebounds and he understands how to keep his spacing,” Mr. Biddines said. “He studies the game in his spare time, which helps him be a step ahead of the opposition.”


Biddines is on the grind to perfect and hone his craft in any way possible.


“By me being his father it’s hard for me to train him,” Mr. Biddines said. “So I have some friends that train him with sixth graders and he competes with them.”


Mr. Biddines says it’s too soon to relate his son to any college or pro player but definitely believes he’s on the right track.


“He’s too young for any comparisons now. Give him three more years and I’ll have an answer for you,” Mr. Biddines said. “His game is trending up and he has the work ethic to continue improving.”


Meanwhile, Biddines patterns his style of play after the only player in NBA history to average a triple double in consecutive seasons.


“I look up to Russell Westbrook,” Biddines said. “He always plays hard and he gets a lot of triple doubles.”


Biddines is constantly striving for greatness in everything that he does.


“My goal is to be an NBA player and to make my parents and family proud,” Biddines said. “I want to do everything I can to make these things happen.”


Before the pros, Biddines dreams of one day becoming the next great Miami Hurricane.


“I want to go to the University of Miami,” Biddines said. “They have a great coach and my dad loves them.”


Biddines lists math as his favorite subject in school because he likes numbers.


Mr. Biddines outlines the next areas of improvement for his son.


“We’re working with him on getting stronger and understanding when to take the open shot,” Mr. Biddines said. “He’s still young and he’s a sponge so I’m confident he’s going to make those strides.”


Mr. Biddines believes the sky is the limit as long as his son continues to stay hungry.  


“I think he’s very competitive and wants to make me happy so his potential is through the roof,” Mr. Biddines said. “As long as he stays the course, I definitely have faith he can make his dreams come true.”



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