Imagine a world where “Lebron James” was not a household name. He’s never been on TV, he’s never made headlines, but he’s on your YouTube feed. That’s pretty much what happened at the Jesse Edwards Men’s Basketball Center in Syracuse.
It was her brother, Kai, who really introduced her to LeBron James and basketball.
“I will always remember, it is [Kai] “He watched some crazy LeBron James videos,” Jesse said. “He was interested in it, and when he got into something, we all started doing it for a while.”
It didn’t take long for Jesse to arrive, either. The only problem is that basketball courts are difficult to access in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Jesse and Kai had necklaces nearby. Finding basketball tournaments was much more difficult.
“We didn’t play sports in high school,” Jesse said. “We would go to the club and we would play. But when we got there the club was also very small, there was no training or serious training.
“I remember when I was 16 [years old]Kay added, “I went to the club to join the team and they said, ‘Come and try next summer.’ I really thought it was over, but I didn’t even start. For basketball, it is a different word from that of the United States. All over Amsterdam. You have one or two teams. ‘
But that didn’t stop Jesse or Kay. The shows started for Kai soon after, and Jesse was not far behind. When Syracuse became an option, he didn’t hesitate to say the Carrier Dome was one of the determining factors in his decisions. But he didn’t really hesitate on anything.
“I didn’t feel like anywhere else could bring what Cuse could bring,” Jesse said. “It wasn’t the hardest choice for me.”
While the selection wasn’t difficult, Jesse said the mod was.
“The hardest part is speed. Everyone outside the United States plays faster. It was harder for me to overtake and I couldn’t trust my own sport. Everyone here has some kind of crazy sport. So play. against the others, it’s level, it’s fun. “Very, very difficult but also challenging.”
Although difficult, Jesse has one of the most experienced college basketball coaches. Taurus Syracuse coach Jim Boheim says the same thing every game, but he never gets old.
“Before going to the dome, with the cameras and everything, he always said nothing changes, it’s still basketball. He always says, “Go play over there,” which sounds very easy, but that’s what I always remember.
In Syracuse’s NCAA Championship opener in 2021, Jesse will certainly remember Boheim’s words to go there and play.