Wheatley 6-foot-5 junior big man Maurice Campbell has made strides in his third year on varsity, coming off of a second team All-District performance as a sophomore. This season he has helped the Wildcats secure the No. 1 spot in the district with a 10-3 record so far.
Wheatley head coach Lonnie Reynolds said Campbell’s impact on the team is significant.
“What Maurice brings to the team is a presence on the inside and he is a leader,
Reynolds said. “I am hard on him because I see the potential that he has.
“Maurice came from a freshman year of not even playing to his 10thgrade year making second team All-District, and now as a junior he has really improved by leaps and bounds. So, he is one of the key pieces to our team.”
The Defender talked with Campbell about his style of play, keys to victory inside the paint and his overall progress on the court.
Defender: How would you describe your style of play?
Campbell:Pass first and a defensive player.
Defender: How have you developed your game since your All-District sophomore season?
Campbell:My running for the most part and working hard every summer, getting better with my coaches and my teammates, working hard in the weight room, trying to get better at everything I do.
Defender: What goes through your head when you see that opportunity to knock a blocked shot into the stands?
Campbell:My coach tells me to go for where they want to put the ball at. So, whenever I see them going for a layup, I tell my teammates let them go. I am going to block it, mainly because I don’t want them to get in foul trouble.”
Defender: How are you able to dominate the painted area?
Campbell:“I worked hard and my teammates helped me get better looks in the post. They’d see me and I’d score. Most of the time I like passing the ball and I sometimes find myself passing too much but I just do whatever I have to do to get the win.
Favorite food: Fruit
Favorite subject: Math
NBA players he watches: Michael Beasley and Lebron James
World problem he would solve: Building a better community
Shout-outs: Everybody in his neighborhood