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A year ago, Frederick High School basketball player Harry Singh had some help adjusting to life on the varsity squad – and high school in general – from former teammate Izayah …
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A year ago, Frederick High School basketball player Harry Singh had some help adjusting to life on the varsity squad – and high school in general – from former teammate Izayah Elize.
Elize is playing collegiately in Wyoming, but Singh, who will be a senior next school year, took some of what he learned and is passing it along to a new teammate, soon-to-be freshman Jovan Aldana.
“He’s one of our younger players,” Singh said. “He’s a better player than a lot of kids his age.
“And he listens a lot.”
Aldana transferred from Mead High School last year.
“If I make a mistake, Harry shows me how to be better,” Aldana said. “He tells me to keep my head up and how to become a better player. He’s always helpful. He motivates me.”
They are good friends off the floor, too.
“If I make a mistake, he helps me. And he helps me talk about other things besides basketball,” Singh said. “When I was a younger player, there was no one else to talk to when I got annoyed about my lack of playing time.”
“He kept me going,” Aldana said. “When I’m struggling, he comes and talks to me about it. He’s kept my head on straight when I’m slumping or having rough patches.”
They also have made the other person a better person.
“He taught me to listen, to make me understand,” Aldana said. “I was in my own head. Harry is an older, more experienced player. He’s like a coach who coaches you up.”
Singh returned the compliment.
“He helped me become a better young man,” Singh said. “I’ve become more responsible, a better leader. You think you’re going to play forever. But this is the last year of high school. He’s going to help people who are younger get ready.”
Both would like to coach basketball someday.
“I know what I’ve been given,” Aldana said. “And it makes you wonder if you’d want to be a coach. I think I’d be decent.”
“It’d be fun to have my own team,” Singh said.
Both are on their way to California for a five-day stay and some tournament-level basketball this week.
“It’s good to have somebody to look up to,” Aldana said. “Everyone needs that friend to talk to outside of basketball. It helps create chemistry with the team, Harry really helps me. I see him in the hall, and he asks how my year is going.”
“In the next few years, he’ll do it for someone else,” Singh said. “He’ll just keep passing down the leadership role.”
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