Q & A with Lauryn Miller and Jordan Roundtree

Jordan Roundtree (left) and Lauryn Miller (right)

Gabi Baker

Jordan Roundtree (left) and Lauryn Miller (right)

Christian Heutel, sports writer

Lauryn Miller, sophomore, and Jordan Roundtree, junior, are inseparable friends on and off the court. They have both played basketball for several years on multiple teams, including the girls’ varsity team at KHS. This is Roundtree’s first year at KHS, after previously attending Parkway West, and she did not find the change hard.

Lauryn Miller:

The Kirkwood Call: Why did you choose basketball?

Miller: Basketball was in my family, and my dad started a team for my sister, and I didn’t want to feel left out, so I decided to join with her. I just fell in love with it from the start.

How long have you been playing?

Miller: I have been playing since I was 6.

What is your favorite thing about basketball? What’s exciting about it?  

Miller: Every team I have been on we have had moments of great chemistry, and it shows in plays that come through, and you have to have a bond to make those moments, and it is exciting for them to see all our hard work pay off when we win those big games and come out on top.

What skills do you think you need to have to be a successful player?  

Miller: I think the most important skill to have is to accept your role and just go with it. You have to be a person who is willing to put your ego aside and be willing to come together and not be a selfish person.

How dedicated are you to basketball?

Miller: Ball is life. Basketball is literally all I do. In the summer, I am never home because I’m either at a camp or a tournament, so basketball is basically who I am. All my friends are either people I play with or people I have played with in the past, and it’s a really big part of my life now.

What makes basketball not only an individual sport but a team sport? How do you have to work together as a team?

Miller: Everything within basketball, even the skill assets are important individually, but once it comes to the game, if you don’t have unity, then you’re skills are pretty pointless.

Do you have to give anything up because you are so dedicated to basketball? Do you miss out on things other people get to do?

Miller: The hardest part is having to accept the fact that I wasn’t going to have a normal teenager life. Growing up I had more free time, but now I don’t have time for those weekend parties and that casual time has been put into basketball and my social circle has come from basketball and everything is kind of connected to it now.

Do you have any rituals or anything you do before every game? A good luck charm?

Miller: I always say the Lord’s Prayer to myself before every game and wear a band on my knee. I also can’t play without a headband, and if I play without one I’m out of my element.

What’s your relationship with Jordan Roundtree, not only in basketball but in everyday life? Does it make playing easier?  

Miller: Jordan and I are the epitome of best friends, because we are always together and we know everything about the other. Playing with her has been amazing. Our bond just goes with us and the moments are just more fun, because she’s there and there is no better teammate or chemistry I have than with my actual best friend.

Jordan Roundtree:

Why did you choose basketball?

Roundtree: It started off with my dad. He played college basketball and I grew up around it and I wanted to take after him. He taught me and I just fell in love with the sport.

How long have you been playing?

Roundtree: I have been playing since I was 4.

What is your favorite thing about basketball? What’s exciting about it?

Roundtree: The fact that it is a team sport. I love working with my teammates and usually they are some of my best friends, so it is fun to be able to work with them and I just think it’s such a competitive sport that’s high pace, exciting and always fun.

What was the reason for your family moving?

Roundtree: This is my first year at Kirkwood. My family and I had to downsize and we just fell in love with the area, so we moved out here and it helped because I already had a lot of friends here.

What do you find is the biggest difference between schools?

Roundtree: Both schools [Parkway West and KHS] are amazing and have their advantages, but Kirkwood has been a great experience and has great tradition and spirit in sports more than any school I’ve seen.

What skills do you think you need to have to be a successful player?

Roundtree: You can always build physical talent skills, so if you want to be a good player you need to have confidence, discipline, be able to work hard and good teamwork is a huge thing you need to have.

How dedicated are you to basketball?

Roundtree: To be able to be successful in high school and go on to play college basketball, you have to be pretty dedicated. It’s not always easy, but I practice five to six days a week.

Why did you choose to accept to Mizzou?

Roundtree: Mizzou was always a front runner. My dad went there and I just grew up around Mizzou. I was open to other schools, but Mizzou was my favorite.

What makes basketball not only an individual sport but a team sport? How do you have to work together as a team?

Roundtree: If you have a player who plays for themselves or as an individual, it is rare you’re going to win games. It is easier to always to pass the ball, share the ball or pick each other up. You are always going to need five players on the court to get what you need done. Everybody is good at different things, so you have to use everyone’s skills.

Do you have to give anything up because you are so dedicated to basketball? Do you miss out on things other people get to do?

Roundtree: I have given up many things for basketball, such as softball and track. I give up a lot of my social life as well because of practices, games, workouts and miss out on parties and sleepovers.

Do you have any rituals or anything you do before every game? A good luck charm?

Roundtree: On one of my previous teams, we always said a prayer before every game. I have a lucky Under Armour shirt I wear and I always try to get up at a certain time and eat the same breakfast every morning.

What’s your relationship with Lauryn, not only in basketball but in everyday life? Does it make playing easier?  

Roundtree: Lauryn is my best friend in basketball but more so in everyday life. It makes playing so much easier because we have that chemistry on the court, and she knows my strengths and weaknesses, and we know how to handle and work with each other on the court.

 

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