Varsity boys basketball standout guard Sean James ‘19 is the Wyvern of the Week.
James was a vital part of Kingswood Oxford’s early season run that included three road wins to start the season and a trip to the KIT Final for the third straight season.
“The season has had it's up and downs, as any season would. The hot start was great, we were young in the sense of it being the beginning of the season and having fresh legs,” James said. “The KIT final was tough because it was the third straight day of playing and our legs weren't really under us but we competed against a very good ball club so there was nothing to really be mad about.”
James missed a good chunk of the middle part of the season due to an injury. It was difficult for James to be out of action, but it also presented an opportunity for a young team to grow.
“It was tough because we were coming back from winter break and I wasn't playing due to my injury so it just meant guys had to step up and mature quicker than usual,” James said. “The guys competed and that's something we harp on. Sitting out was tough. Not being able to do something you love makes you want to do it even more. Luckily I had my parents and coaches behind me telling me to listen to my body and take the appropriate time off.”
James has been playing basketball since the third grade and played at KO the past three years. Now a senior, James is one of the leaders on the team and he wants the team to succeed not only this season, but for seasons to come.
“As a senior this year, it just means I have to be able to get out of my own head and help out the younger guys because at the end of the day they are my legacy,” James said. “Whatever I impart or whatever impression I leave on them they are most likely going to keep with them for the rest of their KO basketball careers.”
James is confident that if the Wyverns can push their way into the NEPSAC Class B Tournament, they will be capable of making some noise.
“My goals personally are the same as team goals. Make the playoffs,” James said. “Once were in the playoffs, we have a good shot of getting to the finals.”
TIME OUT WITH SEAN
Favorite Athlete: Derrick Rose
Favorite Team: New York Knicks
Favorite Sport Other Than Basketball: Baseball
Pre Game Pump Up Song: Rock With You by Michael Jackson
Favorite Meal: Steak
Last Movie You Saw: Bumblebee
Favorite Part of Winter: Basketball Season