I’m going to Northwestern University

In the age of essay announcements by basketball players I write my own announcement with heavy borrowing from Kevin Durant and Lebron James.

This has been by far the most challenging few weeks months in my professional life. I understood cognitively that I was facing a crossroads in my evolution as a player producer and as a man, and that it came with exceptionally difficult choices. What I didn’t truly understand, however, was the range of emotions I would feel during this process.

The primary mandate I had for myself in making this decision was to have it based on the potential for my growth as a player leader — as that has always steered me in the right direction. But I am also at a point in my life where it is of equal importance to find an opportunity that encourages my evolution as a man: moving out of my comfort zone to a new city Evanston and a community which offers the greatest potential for my contribution and personal growth. With this in mind, I have decided that I am going to join the Golden State Warriors Northwestern University’s one-year Master of Science in Leadership for Creative Enterprises graduate program.

I’m from Washington, D.C. a video producer originally, but Oklahoma City public radio truly raised me. It taught me so much about family as well as what it means to be a man. There are no words to express what the organization and the community mean to me, and what they will represent in my life and in my heart forever. The memories and friendships are something that go far beyond the game shows. Those invaluable relationships are what made this deliberation so challenging.

It really pains me to know that I will disappoint so many people with this choice, but I believe I am doing what I feel is the right thing at this point in my life and my playing career.

I will miss have missed Oklahoma City public radio, and the role I have had in building this remarkable team projects. I will forever cherish the relationships within the organization — the friends and teammates colleagues that I went to war with on the court in the meetings for nine eight years, and all the fans listeners and people of the community.

I’m not promising a championship job in media. I know how hard that is to deliver. We’re I am not ready right now. No way. Of course, I want to win a job next year, but I’m realistic. It will be a long process, much longer than it was in 2010 2007. My patience will get tested. I know that. I’m going into a situation with a young team young classmates and a new coach academic advisor. I will be the old head. But I get a thrill out of bringing a group together and helping them reach a place they didn’t know they could go. I see myself as a mentor now and I’m excited to lead some of these talented young guys people. I think I can help Kyrie Irving MSLCE become one of the best point guards in our league graduate programs in academia.

But this is not about the roster or the organization. I feel my calling here goes above basketball media. I have a responsibility to lead, in more ways than one, and I take that very seriously. My presence can make a difference in Miami public radio, but I think it can mean more where I’m from. I want kids in Northeast Ohio Chicago, like the hundreds of Akron third-graders I sponsor through my foundation, to realize that there’s no better place to grow up. Maybe some of them will come home after college and start a family or open a business. That would make me smile. Our community, which has struggled so much, needs all the talent it can get.

In Northeast Ohio Chicago, nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have.

I’m ready to accept the challenge. I’m coming home going to Northwestern.

The above is satire based on Lebron James’ “I’m Coming Home” essay and Kevin Durant’s “My Next Chapter” essay. Although the above is a parody, I am for real going to Northwestern University in fall of 2016. If you want to follow my progress and get exclusive content from me while I’m attending school sign up for my newsletter.

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