Sunday, October 1, 2017

Reaching for New Heights

by Octavio Parral | @octavio_parral

Joshua Moody receiving an award after a tournament- Photo cred: Jeremy Pope
Basketball is a sport where dreams can become reality. There is that kid in his backyard hitting the game winning shot over and over again. There is that other kid who leads his team to a championship. Then there is Joshua Moody, a high school senior out of Nashville, who is trying to make his dream a reality by receiving a basketball scholarship. 

The chance to play basketball at the college level is a dream for most hoopers. It signifies the skill level and talent a player has. Joshua Moody, however, is finding some difficulties completing his dream due to one short, little problem: height.

Standing at 5’7” can sometimes hinder a player’s chances of receiving a scholarship. The college level has uniquely gifted and athletic tall players. Joshua knows this as he states his toughest challenge on the court: “My toughest thing I face is guarding the most athletic person on the other team.”

Don’t let Joshua’s height fool you. As one of Nashville’s top players, he has made some noise with his skill. His quick feet allow him to blaze past opponents and attack the rim like a giant. 

Joshua attacking the basket.

Coach Pope, of Next Level Skills, has taken notice of Joshua’s talent and is working with him on achieving his dream. They have been training together and actively pursuing to create his exposure to college coaches.

Joshua’s explains his next step, “I will email coaches from schools I’m interested in.” Coach Pope is working on creating a highlight mix to spread around to help with the process. Until he finds something, Joshua will continue to dominate high school and AAU basketball. 

The hard work and determination will overcome Joshua’s “short” problem and take him to new heights. If you want to hear more from Joshua, contact Coach Pope at Next Level Skills.

-Next Level Skills