Bakari Lastrap. Great basketball name, right?
The point guard has had an interesting basketball path, going from the home school leagues with SATCH to the elite-level AAU circuits to the nurturing -- yet challenging -- The Woodlands Christian Academy.
"I've been playing since the second grade," Lastrap said. "About the sixth grade I thought, "hey, I'm pretty good at this game.'"
It became his life at that time, and under the tutelage of basketball trainer Ben Perkins, he flourished.
"He developed me from an average player to a good player over the years," he said of Perkins. "He taught me the little things and my confidence just began to grow. Ben has been more than a basketball coach, though. He's been my mentor and an important figure in my life. I couldn't thank him enough."
The Woodlands Christian Academy reached the TAPPS 4A state semis last season before falling to Northland Christian.
With a new, young lineup at some critical positions, the Warriors are starting to get their legs under them. The Woodlands faced Logos Prep Tuesday night and came away with with a big win.
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