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Q: What is the main takeaway from last season in the EYBL that’ll help prep you for this spring?
DJ Steward: The main takeaway from last season is to never take my foot off the gas... because every game is going to be a dogfight. This will help me to know to always go hard, and to attack anyone that’s in front of me on both ends.
What’s your normal prep like before a game? Any routine, music/food you enjoy?
DS: I’m a music type of guy, just vibe and dance a little bit too (haha).
What was the moment when you realized you could have a future in the game?
DS: Last year in Peach Jam, I came out in every game with high intensity and knocked down a lot of shots and made my teammates better. Also, in Vegas playing up on 17U against Team Takeover and MOKAN Elite I was able to showcase my skill-set.
What’s the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you and why?
DS: My parents and my trainer always tell me to keep working and improving and also stay humble. This is good for me because I’ll never get big headed, think I already made it when I haven’t, and I will get better and keep a chip on my shoulder.
What’s your favorite subject in school?
Where do you see yourself 10 years from now both on and off the court?
DS: I see myself being in the NBA. Off the court in Chicago I want to just give back in the community have different camps for kids who can’t afford big camps, and just doing whatever I can to help out and benefit the community to stop some of the violence.
Which pro players do you study most?
DS: I study a lot of De’Aaron Fox, Stephen Curry, and Russell Westbrook.
What’s one aspect of your game you have really worked to improve since last year?
DS: My defense, ball handling, isolation situation, and coming off of ball screens, knocking down shots.