Gatorade Player of the Year.
AAA Mr. Basketball.
AAA State Championship game MVP.
Yep, safe to say it's been a good 2016 so far for Team Penny's Alex Lomax.
Then you remember he's only a sophomore.
The 5-foot-11 floor general was light out for Memphis East in 2015-16, sweeping the awards while guiding the Mustangs to a state title under the tutelage of Penny Hardaway.
It's rare that a prospect has the same coach for high school and grassroots, and it's virtually impossible to have that person be a 13-year NBA veteran. It appears that Lomax hit the jackpot, and we caught up with the sophomore star to get his thoughts on a variety of topics.
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Alec Kinsky: First off, how does it feel to be Mr. Basketball?
Alex Lomax: It’s a great accomplishment, and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without my teammates.
AK: Definitely hard to do as an underclassmen. What do you feel you do best on the court right now?
Lomax: Right now, I make all my teammates are happy and just make sure they can get their game off. Whatever role coach wants me to play, that’s what I’m going to do.
AK: How awesome is it to have Penny Hardaway as your coach, essentially year-round?
Lomax: Greatest feeling in the world. To know that I’m learning and actually getting the right type of work.
AK: How’s his coaching style? I know guys love playing for him and he has a very laid back demeanor on the sideline.
Lomax: He knows everything about basketball and he is laid back, but he knows how to get the job done. He has definitely gotten my game better.
AK: Do you take pride in representing in your city?
Lomax: Yes, I represent my city and my neighborhood.
AK: How’s your team looking this year?
Lomax: My teammates are tough but underrated. We all got something to prove as a team and we’re unselfish.
AK: When did you know you were destined for success in basketball?
Lomax: I’d say 5th grade.
AK: Anyone coming at you hard in recruitment?
Lomax: I don’t think so, but if so, my coaches wouldn’t want me to lose focus.
AK: Excited about the EYBL?
Lomax: Yeah I’m glad I’m about to experience this. It’s going to help me.
AK: Any hobbies outside of basketball?
Lomax: I’m more of a chill person. Like to go to movies or out to eat. Like go kart racing and stuff like that.
AK: How many hours a day do you spend in the gym?
Lomax: At least four hours.
AK: Any specific goals for this summer?
Lomax: Really, I just want to win.
AK: Any pregame music of choice?
Lomax: Maybe some Yo Gotti, Drake or Future.