Theodore Roosevelt (DC) 2019 guard Mickco Reeves.
When Theodore Roosevelt (DC) lost its two leading scorers from last season to transfers over the summer, it dealt a serious blow to its DCIAA title hopes.
It also provided an opportunity for someone else to step up, though, and 2019 guard Micko Reeves has fully embraced it.
The 5-foot-10, 174-pound Reeves has shouldered the scoring load early this season for the Rough Riders, leading the team at 17 points per game while they try to fill the void left by the departures of 2020 Maryland commit Marcus Dockery to Bishop O’Connell (Va.) and 2020 wing Darius Miles to St. Charles (Md.)
Reeves is shifty and strong with a fearless approach and a knack for finding open spots in the lane. He took over late in a 67-64 win over Dunbar (Md.) in the DC vs. Baltimore Challenge earlier this month, scoring 11 of his team-high 20 points in the fourth quarter.
After that game, Reeves took some time to talk about his new responsibilities, his recruitment, outlook for the season and more:
HOW WAS IT KNOWING YOU’D NEED TO BE THE PRIMARY SCORER?
“I knew losing them would mean the scoring ability on our team would be greatly impacted for the worse, but It wasn’t really a problem because I worked all off season making sure I’ll be able to make an impact. So them two leaving really gave a chance to showcase my hard work.”
HOW DID YOU PREPARE YOURSELF FOR THE LEADERSHIP ROLE?
“I prepared myself everyday during summer workouts by making sure I was first in everything and leading by example. I knew most people on the team kind of looked up to me, so I took advantage of that and gained their trust in the process to be that leader that the team obviously needed.”
WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER THE STRENGTHS OF YOUR GAME?
“Fast pace. I know how to handle the ball, so I know how to get to my spots with that mid-range game and attack the bigs. Stop and pop at the free throw line - those are really my strengths.”
WHAT WAS WORKING FOR YOU TONIGHT [VS. DUNBAR]?
“My mid-range. I know how to get myself open in the mid-range and create separation. I worked on it all summer, and it was my go-to.”
WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST AREAS YOU WANT TO IMPROVE?
“The big thing is just making sure I get my shot consistent and make sure I can finish above the rim. My athleticism is a big thing all-around, so I want to make sure I’ll be able to put it on people.”
WHAT IS THE POTENTIAL FOR THIS TEAM?
“The potential is great. Everybody on here is locked in, you know? We can all play defense; we’ve just got to get focused and trust one another and put it out on the floor.”
HOW IS YOUR RECRUITMENT GOING?
“I’ve talked to a few coaches but my recruitment is kind of going a little slow. This season it’s opening up a little bit and a few colleges have come and talked to me.”
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO OFF THE COURT?
“Off the court all I do is workout, but most of the time I’m in the house. If I’m not with my parents, then I’m just working out and making sure I get better.”
DID YOU PLAY ANY OTHER SPORTS GROWING UP?
“Football. I was better at football than I was at basketball - at quarterback - so I mean, I may get back on that football field. It just got boring and basketball became a love to me - you know, the crowd and everybody going off when I do do a big move. I just fell in love with it.”
DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE ON-COURT MEMORY?
“It would have to be eighth grade. I played with my local team my Dad put me on, and it was like the end of the game, half court, and I shot and just threw it up and it was all net and won the game for us. It was actually for the championship, so that had to be the biggest moment of my life.”