Former JC basketball player dreams of NBA
After a reasonable first season with Cerritos College, where he helped the falcons to a place in the semi-finals of the CCCAA state basketball championship, former Jamaica College player Jamie Hastings expects an even more outstanding season when he takes the court for the California college next season as he continues on his quest to play in the NBA.
In his freshman year, Hastings averaged 11 points and 10 rebounds. And although he has improved drastically in order to reach the level he has attained with the Falcons this season, he says he is working hard to get even better for the next season.
"I been there just over a year now and my career has been going good. My season ended in March and it was a good season being that it was my first year there. I tried to get use to the level of competition over there and it has been a great experience.
"I learned a lot of things over there and I have been getting better as a big man. I have my own big man coach and he has taught me a lot of things, like how to jock step and how to shoot better, so I have improved a whole lot," he said.
However, doing well is not enough for the former Jamaica College man, who plans on making more physical and technical improvements for next season.
"I need to get bigger, stronger, faster because the game up there is a lot more intense. My strength is shooting mid-range, rebounding, post work,' he said.
"For next season, I expect it to be way better. I am trying to work hard this summer and improve my skills, and that's why I am out every day (training) and trying to get better. The dream is NBA and it's nice to have dreams. I am trying to have the confidence, so I know I can make it, but I definitely want to go pro after I finish school," he said.