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Delaware Technical Community College student-athletes interviews are back! Every Thursday, Delaware Sports Blitz will feature interviews with the student-athletes from the Community College.
The student-athlete we are featuring this week comes from Delaware Tech’s men’s basketball team, which is Izaiah Credle.
Credle talks about everything from why his heart for the game is his greatest strength and the best part of playing on a team.
Check it out below!
How did you start playing sports?
“I started playing sports when I was younger. I couldn’t sit still and was always outside as a kid. It didn’t matter what sport it was, I was always moving and very competitive. I played everything when I was little, basketball, football, baseball, etc.”
What adjustments did you have to make from the jump of high school to college, regarding the sport you play?
“The main adjustment I had to make from transferring from high school to college was taking care of my body more, because we are in the gym every day. Also, staying on top of my school work. I do all online classes, so I don’t see a teacher all the time who’s telling me what to do, how to do it, and when it’s due.”
How do you keep yourself in game shape in the off-season for your sport?
“To keep myself in shape I always make sure I get some type of workout in when I wake up and before I go to sleep. I always train in the off-season and try to get in the gym as much as I can. I may also join a couple of competitive basketball leagues in different areas.”
What is the best part of playing your particular position?
“I don’t think there’s a specific part that’s the best. Being on the court, in general, is a blessing.”
What has a former or current coach taught you, that you still use today on or off the playing field?
“One of the main things I still use today is, “Play every game like it’s your last, because you never know if tomorrow is promised. Don’t take a practice or a game for granted, because it could be your last time picking up a basketball.””
What is a typical day for you when the season is in full force?
“A typical day is to wake up, stretch and do all the general hygiene/self-care stuff, try to get a good meal, do some assignments if I have any, and get ready for practice. After practice, get home, take a shower, eat dinner, do more assignments, and get as much rest as I can. Throughout the week, it’s the same process as I’m just preparing for the next game.”
What do you feel is your greatest strength?
“I feel like my greatest strength is the heart I have for the game and just in general. The past few years I’ve gone through a lot of trials and tribulations that have caused a lot of pain, but that also has built me into the figure I am now. Thanks to the man above, I’m still pushing forward. And because I have the opportunity to keep going, I feel like that’s my greatest strength because that’s what pushes me.”
What do you feel you are weakest at and what do you work on to improve it?
“When it comes to the game, I feel like my weakness is just being too hard on myself. I’m always saying to myself, “it’s not good enough.”
Describe some of the highlights of your athletic career.
“A quick highlight from a past season was my first playoff game in high school at home. In the first round, we were playing pretty slow, and it wasn’t looking the best. I had about 3 points at halftime. In the next half, I came out with energy and ended up having 25 points. Although we still took a tough loss, that was one of my best games and was a learning point for me. I showed a lot of people what I was capable of.”
What is the best part of playing on a team?
“The best part of playing on a team is being around people that have the same goal and are working with you every day. But the main thing is when you feel like you’re not at your best, you have your team to pick you up and tell you to keep pushing. Being able to do that for my team and help them get stronger, and watch the success that comes from, is the best.”
How do you stay motivated during the highs and lows of a season?
“How I stay motivated is just by thinking about how far I’ve come from everything I’ve been going through. Whenever I’m low, I tell myself I have to keep going no matter what. And on the highs of the season, I just stay humble because I know the best has yet to come. I just tell myself not to be satisfied, because being satisfied causes you to be comfortable and comfortable situations don’t build you.”
What has been the biggest challenge you have faced and how did you overcome it?
“The biggest challenge I have faced is losing a close friend that was a brother to me in a car accident. Then not too long after, losing my uncle. And after that, being homeless and living on my own. I’m still currently trying to overcome everything, but sometimes these things weigh heavy on me, although it pushes me more than anything.”
In what ways, does playing a sport, help you with your studies?
“Playing a sport helps me with my studies because it’s one of the main reasons I’m going to school. Also, our coaches make sure we are on top of our grades.”
How would you like to be remembered by your teammates and coaches?
“I just want to be remembered as the best in whatever category my coaches or teammates put me in. ”
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