Editor’s note: This is a regular feature profiling senior athletes at Bryant High School.
NAME: Dezerea Duckworth
PARENTS: Earlesha and Dustin Duckworth
SIBLINGS: I have a brother that’s in the ninth grade and I have a little sister in the fourth grade; Desmond Duckworth and Destine Duckworth.
FAVORITE SUBJECT IN SCHOOL: Math
FAVORITE SPARE TIME ACTIVITY: Watch TV
FAVORITE FOOD: Strawberries
FAVORITE MUSIC ARTIST OR GROUP: I love Miguel
FAVORITE MOVIE: Love & Basketball
FAVORITE TV SHOW: The Game
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE TOY AS A KID? A teddy bear
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL? Go to college and play basketball. I don’t know where I want to go yet. I want to study physical therapy.
OTHER THAN YOUR PARENTS, WHO’S HAD THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE ON YOUR LIFE? HOW? My uncle Jerald; he’s been a positive role model in my life.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT BASKETBALL? The competitiveness
POSITION: Point guard
AFTER YOUR INJURY, WHAT’S IT BEEN LIKE TO HAVE TO WATCH THIS SEASON? Oh, wow. That’s been tough. Knowing that I can’t go out there and help my teammates. Being the leader of the team, it’s a big influence because we really don’t have anyone that’s stepped up to be that leader. That’s probably why we’ve lost some games.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE SEASON SO FAR? I think it’s getting better.
WHAT’S BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT TO THE SEASON SO FAR? Our game at Sheridan. I think everybody’s starting to play, starting to get comfortable and stop worrying about other things besides basketball.
TALK ABOUT YOUR GAME NOW; WHAT ARE YOU MOST CONFIDENT IN YOUR ABILITY TO DO? Attack and defense.
WHAT DO YOU WORK HARDEST TO IMPROVE ON IN PRACTICE? I worked on my decision making and handling the ball better.
WHAT’S THE STATUS OF YOUR KNEE? I’ve had my surgery and I’m doing physical therapy right now. The doctor told me I’ll be back in June.
WHEN YOU’RE THROUGH PLAYING BASKETBALL AT BRYANT HIGH SCHOOL, WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL LOOK BACK AND REMEMBER MOST FONDLY ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE? I will remember when Coach (Brad) Matthews came here. I think that was the best thing that happened to me as a basketball player.