When he wasn’t break dance battling in building lobbies with his boys, this kid could be found roaming Parkchester playing the game of baseball. In the height of the crack era his parents decided to send him to a nearby Catholic high school to help shelter him from the crime and violence surrounding them.
On his first day at St. Raymond H.S. he expected to try-out for the baseball team. However, he was a month late and was quickly directed toward basketball tryouts. From there fate, hard work and boundless dedication led him to become a city wide standout on a stacked St. Raymond squad. He then joined forces with Carmelo Travieso, Donta Bright, the Padilla brothers, Marcus Camby and hall of fame coach John Calipari to arrive at the NCAA Final Four with the UMass Minutemen.