This morning I woke up with a friend request on Facebook. A kid named Daniel Poneman. We had two mutual friends, so I messaged him saying, "who ru?" Since then I have been talking to him all morning. If you don't know who this kid is, you should.
Daniel Poneman was 16 when he started "IllinoisHSBasketball.com." He is now a Chicago, 18-year old, who was written about in Sports Illustrated in 2007. He has taught me some great lessons in our couple of hours of contact. Poneman interviews kids who are up-and-coming high school players, and when he gets them scholarships, they become names that NBA fans know like Derrick Rose and Evan Turner.
He got to where he is "by not being selfish and putting kids first and helping myself second, by not worrying about making money and only worrying about learning and creating opportunities, and by working harder than every one of my competitors." He is the future of writing in all of basketball, along with me, and couldn't be a nicer kid. He is in contact with hundreds of division one basketball coaches such as Bill Self of Kansas and Tubby Smith of Minnesota.
So everyone, please check out his blog and YouTube videos, and keep tabs on this great reporter.