Jordan McCowen was a highschool basketball star at Kingwood Excessive in Houston and a collegiate star at Dallas Baptist
College. He would have been a hotshot skilled participant, too, if his knees hadn’t made different plans.
McCowen give up basketball however not life, incomes an MBA and beginning a profession in finance. He discovered a beautiful spouse, had a
child, and now has one other on the best way.
With a resume like that, it appeared mighty unlikely that a lot would startle him in relation to the game of
basketball – or life.
But there he was earlier this 12 months, standing within the Sam Houston Excessive Faculty fitness center, his jaw sweeping up mud from the
McCowen, the brand new head coach of the brand new Arlington Pressure basketball crew, was addressing about 20 wide-eyed
hoopsters, some sitting, some standing, all sweaty and fatigued however pumped that this Arlington-based Beginner Athletic
Union crew may very properly be their first step into faculty ball and professional ball and fats NBA contracts.
Then McCowen managed to suck the air out the room by asking a easy query.
Has anybody taken the SAT?
He requested as a result of the query earlier than that was what number of need to play faculty basketball.
Palms shot up like fireworks.
These have been juniors and seniors. But none had taken the SAT or ACT. Hadn’t deliberate on it, both.
“Now we have to take that to get into faculty?” a participant wished to know. The younger man figured all he wanted was a
hoop scholarship and keys to his dorm room.
Since that tryout in February, McCowen has assembled a pair of 17-and-under groups and a 16-and-under boys squad,
greater than 30 keen younger males in all, largely from Arlington faculties.
“We’re nonetheless getting some in, because the phrase will get out,” says McCowen, who can also be on the lookout for volunteer coaches and
help workers. “We’re simply seeing the place this takes us.”
And takes them. The addition of yet one more basketball crew is hardly information, however Arlington Pressure is a unique form of
sports activities species.
It’s not nearly basketball.
“If I needed to break it down,” McCowen tells me, “It’s 30 % about basketball and 70 % all the pieces else.”
What else is there? Training. Morals. Ethics. Imaginative and prescient.
He talks rebounding and blocking out but additionally provides assignments, like decide 5 schools and discover a diploma plan you
For those who suppose the entire SAT story is a stretch, contemplate that when the crew performed a match in Duncanville, a 20-
minute drive for many, McCowan says, “you’d have thought we’d simply rolled up in Houston or one thing.”
Neglect about leaving Arlington. These youngsters haven’t stepped exterior their very own neighborhoods. McCowen has seen
their curiosity and motivation rise. This basketball expertise is triggering a technique of accelerated private
growth, which he is aware of will manifest later.
McCowen’s highschool coach taught him tips on how to play the appropriate manner, reside the appropriate manner. Large desires, small steps.
Nobody is aware of that higher than Theron Bowman, the previous Arlington Police Chief and Deputy Metropolis Supervisor, who
helped launch this Pressure.
“With my background in legislation enforcement and seeing a lot of what’s occurring in our neighborhood, I actually worry for
these youngsters who suppose they’re going in a single path and are going to hit a roadblock with no preparation to go ahead,”
Bowman says. “Arguably you don’t know what they are going to be in a 12 months or two with out correct steerage and path. We
don’t need them simply hanging out.”
That’s the great thing about the Arlington Pressure. They’re hanging out with the appropriate folks doing the appropriate factor in the appropriate
“My final purpose is to get them in faculty,” McCowen says. Repeatedly.
He’s candid about their possibilities of doing it as a participant. No ensures.
What’s sure: They’re now absolutely conscious of the SAT.
Large desires. Small steps.