IH: First off congrats on getting your first D1 offer! Give us a little bit about your background and describe your game for those outside of the area who may not have seen you play.
OB: Thanks I appreciate that! I was born in St.Vincent and the Grenadines, which is a small island in the Caribbean and I have been moving around to various countries since then. I've lived in Suriname (which is in South America) Regina, (a city in Saskatchewan Canada), Maryland and now New York.
The best way to describe my game is an all-around player that can take it to the rim because I have a wide frame and am a strong finisher. I also like to run the floor and handle the ball on fast breaks. Right now, I'm working on improving my ball handling and jumpshot so that I'll be able to be a better perimeter player.
IH: Where were you living when you were first exposed to basketball? Do you aspire to set a new path for athletes growing up in St. Vincent?
OB: When I first started playing I was living in Maryland, before that I just played soccer. I was terrible when I first started and I'm pretty sure I didn't score a point in the first season I ever played, a lot has changed since then haha! Although I was born in St. Vincent I didn't live there but I've been back at least once a year. I play on the national team and hope to inspire other young basketball players and just people in general that you can do it. No matter how small your start is or even if you feel like the whole world is crashing down around you, you have to remember and believe in the hero that you have inside of you. Within us all is the potential for greatness and unlimited power. That's what I hope to show all those that happen to see me and whomever I meet as well. You should strive to be great on the court but strive to be even greater in life.
IH: What was the basketball infrastructure like in the places you lived abroad? What made you decide to attend prep school in New England?
OB: In the other countries I've lived, basketball was no where near as serious or as businesslike as it is here in NY. Despite the level of basketball not being as high, it was perfect for me at the time to develop my fundamentals. Fundamentals are often neglected by many teams here in the states, both high school and AAU.
I decided to go to a New England prep school because it is the highest level of high school basketball combined with great academics that you can't find anywhere else in the country. I feel like academics comes first and basketball second because basketball is only a small fraction of your life that will eventually end. Then you have to fill the rest of your life with something meaningful which education can help you accomplish.
IH: What are your goals for your upcoming post-grad season?
OB: I want to help lead my team to a championship after they fell short last year and I also hope to keep getting more offers and eventually commit to the school that offers the best balance of academics and athletics.
IH: Who would you say has been your toughest opponent thus far in your basketball career?
OB: I would have to say my teammate Jordy Tshimanga from Macduffie. We would play against each other in practice and in scrimmages at school. Because of his 6'10 240lb frame, scoring was extremely difficult and posting him up was futile. It was hard to defend him because once he got you in the post it was a done deal. For his size his midrange and three-point jumpshot were very good along with his ball handling skills. He moves almost like a guard and at his size that's hard to defend.
IH: What are your main priorities towards finding the right fit in a school?
IH: Who has inspired you the most towards taking your game to the next level?
OB: My dad continues to inspire me to be the best person and basketball player I can be. Since I was a little kid, he would take me to the park and help me with every aspect of my game even though his main sport was soccer. He learned about basketball to help me out. The most important lessons he's taught me are to never quit under any type of adversity and always have the faith in God and myself to accomplish any task I set out to do. But I also have to mention my family friend and mentor Louis Xifaras because he has connected me with the right coaches to work on my skills and he is with me every single day in the weight room doing whatever it takes to get me in the best shape possible for elite level competition. That includes very selective eating which admittedly is very hard to do since I love to eat all kinds of food even if it's not healthy haha. Both of these men are great examples for me because even when I find it hard to see the end goal they are like the anchors keeping me grounded and continually restoring my faith in myself and the process as a whole.