Dear David Lee Morgan,
I am the shortest guy on the floor, usually labeled as the underdog. I always have to prove myself to get respect from the other team. It is a struggle for me to get shots off over big players so I am consistently having to be quick and make good plays to score from the point-guard position.
The character Dru Joyce II in your book, LeBron James: The Rising of a Star, is a duplicate of me. He is short and fast, and enjoys basketball. As he stepped on the court at 4' 11", his freshman year at the state championship game, people were already calling him the maskot or the ball boy before the game even started. This is what I feel and face everytime I step on the court. Then he came in at the start of he 4th quarter, and knocked down seven three-point shots in a row within about eight minutes. As I read these words on the page and put the image of the little 4’11” freshman from St. Vincent/ St. Mary High School shooting seven threes in row, I was cheering along with the crowd, but also mesmerized and almost mad at myself for how much I have been holding back. There has been many times where I didn't have the confidence to shoot and I gave the ball up to somebody else. I kept replaying that certain part of the book in my head to the point where I was furious while asking myself, why am I not doing that? Then I finally realized it. It just hit me out of nowhere like a linebacker hits the blindside of a quarterback.
I wasn't playing like I should because I was only worrying about the physical attributes of each player. I should have been focusing on the size of my heart and the mind set I have everytime I step inside those out of bounds lines. From then on I became a whole different person on the floor. I played with so much passion and aggression everytime I received the basketball. I had never played like that before. It surprised me how well I played. From your book, I learned that when obstacles come my way, I could either turn back and quit on myself and my team or dig deep inside to find the inner strength and drive to face the challenge head on. By following the example of Dru's lead along the way, I accomplished many goals with the help of my teammates and your book. I will remember this important teaching as I go through the hardships in life, and as I draw near to them, I will alway find success the best way I can. Thank you for your influence, and life lesson you gave to me.