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August 27, 2013
The 2017 class is shaping up to be extremely solid with a lot of talented freshman to be. Kentucky Preps will be taking a look at some of the best freshman to be in a series called Freshman Spotlight. We'll be asking each of the players 20 questions to get to know some of them as they start their high school career.
2017 Taylor County Guard Ezra Oliver averaged 17 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals for Taylor County Middle School as an eighth grader. He followed that up by averaging 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists per game for Hoop Dreams. He was also named to the "All-Elite" Team at KBA's Freshman Elite Camp.
KBA Elite Camp Recap
Q. (Donald Yaste): What Highschool will you be attending?
A. (Ezra Oliver): Taylor County High School.
Q. (DY): How has this Summer prepared you for this coming high school season?
A. (EO): The summer with Hoop Dreams has allowed me to play a high level of competition. With this competition, I am better prepared to compete at the varsity level.
Q. (DY): What expectations do you have for yourself going into this high school season?
A. (EO): To make my hard work pay off by contributing to my varsity team.
Q. (DY): What are your expectations for your team?
A. (EO): District Champs, Region Champs and a trip to Rupp Arena.
Q. (DY): What is your current height and weight?
A. (EO): I'm 5'11 150 pounds.
Q. (DY): Describe your style of play?
A. (EO): Point Guard who plays hard all the time.
Q. (DY): What are you strengths?
A. (EO): High basketball IQ, rebounding and court vision.
Q. (DY): What are your weaknesses?
A. (EO): My strength and shooting.
Q. (DY): What do you hope to accomplish through playing basketball?
A. (EO): Get a free education at the Division I level and learn life skills.
Q. (DY): Have any colleges reached out to you at this point? If so who?
A. (EO): Not yet.
Q. (DY): What is your greatest fear?
A. (EO): Not getting noticed.
Q. (DY): What is your best characteristic?
A. (EO): My teammates say I'm funny.
Q. (DY): What is your nickname and how did you get it?
A. (EO): EZ Money, from my mom in Little League Baseball.
Q. (DY): What is one hidden talent you possess?
A. (EO): I'm an avid hunter and fisherman.
Q. (DY): What is your favorite quote?
A. (EO): "All the days you wake up, you have one job, and that's to get better every single day." - Derrick Rose
Q. (DY): What is your favorite food?
A. (EO): Blueberry Pop Tarts.
Q. (DY): Who is your biggest role model?
A. (EO): My dad.
Q. (DY): What's your dream school?
A. (EO): University of Kentucky.
Q. (DY): Who is your dream coach?
A. (EO): Phil Jackson.
Q. (DY): Whose game do you model yours after?
A. (EO): Steve Nash.