The last time I made a post about Basketball, my team was 15-0 at the middle of the season. We ended the season 22-1 dropping one game to Ballincollig from Cork Ireland. As the league winners, our team is now being promoted back up to the Super League of Ireland where they were competing last year. They were unable to win enough games two years ago and were demoted to the National League this year. One of our main goals of the season was to get Coliaste Eanna back up to the Super League and we were successful. There were a lot of ups and downs throughout the season but we stuck to together and were able to maintain a high level of play. Championships are special because they take hard work, dedication, togetherness, and sometimes a little luck. I learned a lot this season. The basketball culture and style in Ireland was different and it took me some time to adjust to the Irish ways but overall it was an amazing learning experience and I’m glad I got to share it with my team.
The championship put the cherry on top of an already wonderful year. Outside of basketball I’ve made several life long friends. Whether it was going to grab food or out for drinks I could always count on my teammates if I needed anything. I wasn’t the only player on my team who wasn’t Irish. We also had another American from L.A. and a player from Serbia. We shared the experience of our first year in Ireland together with the help of our local friends. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to end this season and my professional basketball career. Next year, I plan on staying around the sport but from a different perspective. With my master’s degree in marketing I want to explore sports marketing agencies that work to create content for athletic brands. My one year of playing pro ball has changed my perspective on basketball and also on the world. This is the first time I have been able to experience another country for a long period of time and I wouldn’t have had the opportunity without basketball.