April 21, 2017
While fans and community supporters know what these young men can do on the court, we know little about who these scholar-athletes really are. Throughout the remainder of the school year, each issue of The Achiever will chat with one of the seniors of this winning basketball team.
This week we get to meet Zac Owens, who is also the senior class president of Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School.
When did you first start playing basketball?
“I actually started playing basketball when I was 3 years old. My mom signed me up for the Ike Jackson league. Ike was actually my uncle, so I got started playing there, and he was just a very big influence on my life.”
“My favorite subject is math. A lot of people don’t understand it. I like being different. Once I knew I was able to succeed in math, I just started loving it. I would help somebody in math who was strong in English, and I’m not that strong in English. So they would help me and I would help them, and that increased my appreciation for the subject.”
“That’s a tough question because outside of school I just go to the gym and play ball. But, I just love spending time with my family because they’re my main support system. They spend a lot of time at my games watching me, so it’s always nice to spend some of my free time with them. We go to the movies or out to eat with my mom, my grandma and my brother.”
“My favorite restaurant is probably Red Lobster. My favorite thing to order is shrimp pasta. It’s just the perfect combination. You know Red Lobster has the really good cheddar biscuits, so that just goes great together with the shrimp pasta and the Alfredo sauce. It’s wonderful.”
“My favorite professional athlete would have to be Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder). When I was younger, a lot of people would look at me and say, ‘You play like Russell Westbrook.’ I would watch him, and his aggression, and the way he plays reminds me of myself and the energy that I bring on the court. I can relate to him.”