Student working toward accomplishing goal of playing in NBA

Ever since he first started playing basketball, Deshawn Corprew knew he wanted to play in the NBA.

Since he was 6 years old, Corprew’s goal in life has been to play basketball and have the opportunity to make money and provide for his family. He is on his way to achieving that goal. The 6-foot-6 forward from Norfolk, Virginia, recently committed to play for Texas Tech University, after an outstanding season with the South Plains College men’s basketball team.

“Being on the basketball team was good,” Corprew said. “I met some new friends, and it was good to meet different teammates. I enjoyed the whole season.”

Corprew played a key role in the Texans winning the NJCAA National Championship with 21 points in the championship game on March 24 in Hutchinson, Kansas.

“Winning the championship was really unreal,” Corprew said. “It was my first championship, and i’m glad I was able to be a part of it.”

IMG_2567Corprew said he feels that competing in the national tournament has prepared him more thoroughly for competing at a higher level, even though he says that he was already capable of competing as a NCAA Division I athlete.

  “I feel like it’s made me a little wiser,” explained Corprew.

His decision to commit to Texas Tech was influenced by their coaching staff and their plan they have for him to achieve his goal of playing in the NBA, according to Corprew.

“I’ve been close with one of the coaches on the staff,” said Corprew.

Corprew says that he has learned a lot from Steve Green, SPC’s head men’s basketball coach, during his time with the team.

“I have learned from Coach Green that coaches are going to push you harder as you move higher,” he explained.

The thing that inspires Corprew to play, and the thing that motivates him the most, are his two little sisters, Janine and Rose. Corprew enjoys listening to music and playing video games in his free time. He also likes taking photos and exercising.

Corprew says that he enjoys basketball in many different ways.

“My favorite part about basketball is being able to be a leader on and off the court,” said Corprew.

He says that he would like to play for the Toronto Raptors or the Chicago Bulls in the NBA, but doesn’t see himself declaring for the NBA early.

IMG_9255“I am pursuing a career in the NBA,” Corprew said, “but I do not see myself declaring for the NBA early and will play all three years of my eligibility.”

One thing that someone might not expect about Corprew just by looking at him is that he is goofy and enjoys making friends, and that anyone can get to know him if they want to.

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