#iCompete247 #AthletesUnited featuring Lawilliam Stevens
What motivates you, why do you compete?
My neighborhood motivates me to compete. Growing up on the Southside of Chicago I’ve seen a lot that most kids my age wouldn’t even dream about. Everything I’ve witnessed and experienced makes me strive for more. I want to to get my family out of these predicaments and conditions. That’s why I go out and play every game whether it’s a scrimmage or not like it’s my last.
What makes you different from other athletes?
The way I approach the game separates me from other athletes. Most people just play to play, I play because I know that this could not only change my life but the people around me. I’m willing to work harder than anyone else on the court and refuse to take any shortcuts because if I do I’ll not only be cheating myself but also my family.
What are your keys to success in training?
Any particular techniques help you get to the next level? My key to training is to simply work smart, not hard. It’s great to work hard but if you’re working hard for nothing then there’s no point. Meaning that if you don’t have a strategy behind each and every workout then it’s for nothing. I like to work out the things that I’ll potentially be doing in a game like situations.
Who is your number 1 Fan?
My mother, my two younger siblings are my number 1 fans. I do it for them! With younger siblings up under me and a hard working mother, I have no choice but to succeed. Failure is NOT an option.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
The best advice I’ve ever had was “Early is on time, on time is late.” This was quoted by my trainer and mentor Mr. Macke. This is my everyday motto. Not only do I apply this to showing up early for practices but also for academic classes. I like to think of this as being different and separating myself from the average athlete.
Any Pre-training or pre-game rituals?
For pre-games, I like to start prepping at least 2-3 hours before the actual game. This consists of going to the trainers to wrapped up and stretched out. Then I’ll go form shoot. Next, I’ll start to work my ball handling and full court moves. Then I’ll start to put up shots and begin my dynamic court stretches. Lastly, I’ll head back to the locker room and lace up and listen to my pre-game music.
Why does 24/7 Competition appeal to you?
I have an awesome story and even better work ethic. I’m your ideal student-athlete and someone who is perfect to get a message across to an audience.
How did you overcome any major obstacles/Injuries?
I overcame many obstacles and injuries by just staying calm and positive with myself and keeping my faith in the man above.
What can you tell us about your current and future goals?
Some goals I have in mind that I want to accomplish by senior year:
(1) Become the #1 ranked player in the nation.
(2) Committed to a D1 school of my comfort.
(3) Be a McDonald’s All-American.
(4) Win the ISL (Independent School League) championship.
(5) Score at least 1,000 points in my entire high school career.
(6) Get my school (Brooks School) well-known throughout the country.