Deundre' Jones has been a talked about commodity in baseball circles since after his freshman campaign at Lutheran South Academy.
The junior first baseman for the Pioneers helped guide them to the program's fourth state championship this spring and third straight. VYPE caught up with the future Kansas State Wildcat.
VYPE: You are committed to Kansas State, what did you like about it?
JONES: For me, I just really fell in love with Coach [Pete] Hughes, Coach [Austin] Wates, they just made me feel comfortable. I feel like they are going to guide me to the place I want to get to.
VYPE: Who do you like to watch in MLB?
JONES: I like to watch Bryce Harper. He is fun to watch.
VYPE: Off the field what do you like to do?
JONES: I'm a big music and gamer guy. My favorite game right now is MLB The Show. I also watch a lot on YouTube like video games, vlogs and baseball stuff.
VYPE: What legacy are you trying to leave here at LSA?
JONES: I'm trying to hit the most home runs in a season, that's been my biggest goal since I got here was to set the home run record.
VYPE: In 5-10 years, what do you see yourself doing?
JONES: Playing Major League Baseball.
VYPE: Who is your biggest inspiration, who do you play for?
JONES: I play for my brother and my mom. Those are the people that motivate me, they push me. Those are the people that I play for. They did everything.
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Alex Diaz recently won the VYPE Houston Private School Baseball Player of the Year Fan Poll! VYPE caught up with Diaz for the 411 on the star from Second Baptist School.
VYPE: How long have you been playing baseball and how did you get your start?
Diaz: I started playing baseball when I was around 3 or 4 years old and my father really helped me fall in love with the game of baseball.
VYPE: Who's your favorite athlete and why?
Diaz: My favorite athlete is Lionel Messi. He is my favorite because he shows that it doesn't matter how big you are or what your situation is as long as you set your mind on your goals you can accomplish anything.
VYPE: Go-to pregame meal? Routine?
Diaz: I like to eat fruits and hydrate a lot before games. Routines that I do before games is I like to go through a series of blocking and receiving drills to get ready for the game behind the plate.
VYPE: Off the field, what is your favorite thing to do?
Diaz: Off the field, I love to go out and spend time with my friends. I also like to watch sports events especially baseball and UFC.
VYPE: In all of your years of playing baseball, what is the one memory you'll never forget?
Diaz: The one memory I'll never forget from baseball is our walk off win against LSA at our Spring Swing game at SBS.