PARADISE, Calif. -- Ben Baber is a senior at Paradise High School and this is his second year on the Bobcat's varsity basketball team.
“Paradise basketball, we like to play fast, we like to get up and down the court. It's fun to watch, fun to play that way, so it attracts kids into the program as well and Ben Baber's motor is just incredible, so to have a guy like that just exemplifies what we're doing,” said head coach Nathan Johnson.
Baber can score at-will and proved that with a 37-point performance earlier this season. But, he isn’t just a one dimensional player on offense.
“In recent years I started driving more and I started scoring more,” said Baber. “Once I had guys helping off on me I knew that I could get my teammates a lot of open shots.”
“You got to watch out when he gets the ball in the open court. He's quick and the good thing is that he does look for his teammates and that's a great attribute for our whole team because we look for each other.”
Ben doesn’t just dish out dimes on the court, he does it in school with over a 4.0 GPA. But, not every day is a day in Paradise.
“It's just sticking to it no matter what because sometimes it's going to seem a little more difficult than other times. You know you're going to have a little more on your plate one week than another week, but you just got to stick with it otherwise it's never going to fall in place for you,” said Baber.
Even on the court when things aren’t going his way, Baber has the right mentality.
“A lot of the greatest shooters say, ‘short term memory’ and so I mean if you don't have short term memory you're never going to get anything done because you're always going to be stuck on the last shot that you missed, so you just got to go into the next one thinking you're going to make it.”
That is a big reason why Baber is a trusted captain on the Bobcats’ squad.
“I don't feel uncomfortable having to take on that role,” said Baber. “I know all my teammates have my back even if guys like sometimes are on me like I know I got guys all around me that can perform when I need them to.”