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Especially in March, Basketball Is Life

A look at some of the local hoopsters around Bend

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The greatest time of the year is coming up. No, it's not Christmas. It's March Madness, baby! It's the best time for basketball lovers to sit down to watch the game played by some of the young stars in the National Collegiate Athletic Association. With it being such a prime time for basketball, the Source is shedding light on a couple local players who truly love the game.

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Brian Warinner – Senior at Bend Senior High School

Position: Wing

When did your relationship with basketball start?

I started to really get into basketball at 6 or 7 years old.



What's the best part of your game?

The best part of my game is having a well-rounded skill set and my ability to play multiple positions both offensively and defensively

Do you have a favorite basketball memory or moment? As a player or even from watching a game.

That's a tough choice, but my favorite moment was hitting the game winning "3" in overtime versus Summit my sophomore season.

What's the best lesson you've learned through basketball?

My skill development coach, Stephen Garnett, taught me how to push myself and have fun doing it. He helped me love the process of developing my game in the offseason.

Who's your favorite player & why?

My favorite player is Russell Westbrook because of his athleticism and warrior mentality.

What makes you love basketball?

I'd say the number one thing is the relationships I've built through basketball. The other thing I love is having something I can constantly work on to get better.

Bailey Dickerson – Junior at Mountain View High School

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Position – Small Forward

When did your relationship with basketball start?

I really don't remember basketball not being part of my life. Both of my parents played basketball and my mom played in college. They also coached together. I started playing organized basketball in kindergarten and have been playing ever since. I have always enjoyed it. Somewhere around the middle of my 8th grade season, it became my passion.

What's the best part of your game?

Most people will say that they love my high motor. I try to be the hardest worker on the floor. I think that allows me to be a good rebounder and defender. I'm also proud of how I am able to attack a defense and for myself and my teammates.

Do you have a favorite basketball memory or moment?

My favorite basketball memory is when we beat Marist High School. Our high school program has not had a lot of success in recent years. Marist has always been one of the top programs in their division. Beating them this year was a real boost for our team and showed us we are capable of doing great things.

What's the best lesson you've learned through basketball?

The best lesson I have learned is that it's OK to fail. In fact, in many parts of the game, you will fail more than you succeed. Shooting 30 percent from the 3-point line is good and that means you miss seven times out of 10. Keeping this in mind helps me not put so much pressure on myself to try to be perfect in games.

Who's your favorite player & why?

My favorite basketball player is Maya Moore. She is intense and very talented. She's a great scorer but is also a great teammate.  Not only is she an amazing basketball player, but she is also a Christian and a great role model for me.

What makes you love basketball?

There are many things I love about basketball. I love the competition. I love the pace of the game. I love that you put a bunch of different personalities on the team together, and we grow together to become a family. When we are all working toward the same goal, there is just something amazing about that.

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