Keeping Up With Jehiah
LAS VEGAS, Nev. (UNLVRebels.com) - Every Tuesday this summer, we will hear from a different Lady Rebel as she catches up UNLVRebels.com readers with an account of how their summer is going, an update on their workouts and their goal for the upcoming season. This fourth installment is provided by sophomore guard Jehiah Cook.
Tuesday, June 25th
I finally finished my first year of college, who said it would be easy? I ended the spring semester just barely missing my 3.0 goal, which isn't bad, and is a continued improvement to my previous semesters. Academics is not easy for me but I knew I had to be committed and had many resources available to help me do well. During the spring, I met with David Jackson, our athletics academic counselor, once a week. He helped keep me organized, we reviewed my upcoming due dates, and he made my life a lot easier. Especially while I worked to balance school, basketball... and my social life. My teammates say I am the most popular kid on campus, and I believe them.
It seems like just yesterday my Mom and I pulled into the TMC parking lot, after a 9-hour drive from Sacramento, so that I could get set in the dorms to start summer school. This year flew by so fast – it’s so crazy. Now I think about how fast my next three years will fly by. When my freshman year started, I did not know exactly what I wanted to major in, but over the year I took a couple of classes that I really loved, like my music class. It was still a really hard class, but when I started making music on my computer, everything made sense because I knew a lot about the program. I am thinking about majoring in business and minoring in music engineering so that I can be a major part of the music industry. Lil Wayne, Taylor Swift, Brandy – keep an eye out for J-Boogie.
My freshman year of college was really fun despite all the ups and down. Towards the end of the basketball season, my Mom and little sister moved to Atlanta. Once the school year ended, instead of me going to Sacramento to spend the entire break with my family, I made the trip east to my Mom's new home. I was so happy to see my Mom and little sister at the airport! Oh yeah and I can’t forget about my Uncle. When I hugged my Mom she wouldn’t let me go. The last time I saw her was in January when she and my grandma made the trip from Sac to our game in Reno against the Wolfpack. I spent the first four weeks of summer with them, and had so much fun during my visit.
Once I got settled in the area, I attempted to reach out to the local DI basketball programs, so I could join their girls for open gym or workouts. That would have been cool to play with the girls from Georgia Tech or Georgia State, but it didn't end up working out, so I found a gym and an outdoor park nearby where I could get my shots up and work on my conditioning. Right now, I am focusing on being an explosive point guard, and an offensive threat. I really want to be able to be the 1, and shoot when my defender is playing off of me. Last season, when I had the opportunity to show what I am capable of, I had confidence that I could get to the basket against some of the best guards in the conference. But now, I want them to respect the fact that I can knock down a jump shot too.
Last week, I returned to Sac to see the rest of my family, and get in some quick quality time with them. Next week I will head back to Vegas to rejoin the team for summer workouts, which I’m looking forward to. I am really excited for this upcoming year because I know that during the summer break, my teammates worked hard, when team workouts start in mid-July, we will work even harder, and it will all pay off soon!