With the tip-off of high school basketball just around the corner, Endless Motor Sports had the privilege of speaking with 2017 4star forward and Michigan commit Isaiah Livers about his thoughts on the upcoming season for Kalamazoo Central, improvements to his game, and his expectations for Michigan.
I. Michigan Commitment and Skill Development
EM: Congrats on your commitment to Michigan. Can you tell us a few of the factors that played into your decision?
IL: The campus and the atmosphere around Ann Arbor were the major factors that contributed to my decision. Loving the Maize and Blue!
EM: You had a great summer on the EYBL circuit, what did you work on during late summer/fall to improve your game?
IL: I worked on court vision and ballhandling mainly. Off the dribble pull-ups and getting to the rim to draw contact. Also I have been studying NBA players’ game and breaking them down.
II. Outlook for Kalamazoo Central
EM: With the season a few weeks away, what’s your outlook for Kalamazoo Central from both a team and individual standpoint?
IL: As a team we share the ball better than we ever have before. We all like to get everyone involved. As for me, I’m being the best leader I can be with my 4 years on varsity. I’m very hungry for a state title.
EM: Do you feel like the depth of Kalamazoo Central is perhaps the best in the state? It seems like the team may be able to go 10 deep.
IL: Yes, I do believe that myself. We should easily go 10 deep if everyone accepts their role and plays the game the right way, then we will have the success that we are aiming for.
III. Thoughts on Michigan
EM: Getting back to Michigan, they’ve been extremely impressive early on with huge wins over Marquette and SMU. Any thoughts on how UM’s season will play out?
IL: I think my guys will get it done this year. They have worked really hard on the defensive end this past off-season and they have the tools to get it done this year.
EM: Can you tell all the UM fans and alumni what you plan to bring to the team when you’re able to suit up next year?
IL: I’m bringing an all around game to UM next year – passing, rebounding, defending, dribbling, shooting. And the work never stops, the mentality to help the team. I’m excited as ever for that time to come.
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