By Dillan Jackson
Oakland High’s boys’ basketball team is gearing up for the their first game against University High of San Francisco on Nov. 16 at 7:00 p.m.
One of the returning stars on the basketball team is senior and team captain DJ Leaks. He been at Oakland High all four years.
“Coach Watkins, Oakland High’s basketball coach, says that he is teaching his players discipline, and when one teammate messes up, they all get a mess-up,” said Leaks. ‘Watkins says he is also teaching players to learn how to talk so when people want to know things about upcoming games or stats about the games you can ask the team captain.”
Sky Hatch, a freshman playing on the basketball team who goes to all practices and puts in hard work, said that they have been holding pre-tryouts since Sept. 1. Every day after school, the team has study hall, which is a time to get any homework done.
Basketball players have study hall from 3:30 to 5:30, then have practice from 5:30 to 7:00. Official tryouts start Oct. 27, according to school announcements.
Damian Lillard, a professional basketball player who played for and graduated from Oakland High, now plays for Portland Trail Blazers. Lillard provides shoes and backpacks for all players and many other things. On Dec 17, 2016, Lillard remodeled the basketball gym and workout room. Every year he visits Oakland High and players get to meet Lillard.
Players are going to work hard and hope to win the OAL championship.