PREP SPOTLIGHT: Creighton Lebo
By JORDAN ANDERS
The Daily Reflector
Thursday, December 7, 2017
J.H. Rose sophomore basketball player Creighton Lebo is the leading scorer for the 5-1 Rampants, averaging 19.7 points per game. Lebo chatted with Reflector prep sports beat writer Jordan Anders this week about his improvement over last season and bulking up in the weightroom.
Q: You’re into your second season of varsity basketball now. How different is the player you are now compared to the player you were this time last season?
A: I’ve just got a better feel for the game this year. I got a lot stronger this year and a lot bigger, and I’m just playing my game this year. I was trying to figure things out last year, where I needed to be and what I needed to do for the team, and this year I’ve kind of got it down pat. The leadership is a lot different this year, being a better leader and a better teammate.
Q: Is there any way to get that ‘better feel’ you talked about other than just getting a season under your belt?
A: You just have to get that experience, get out there and get in those situations. Tight situations, times when you’re up and figuring out what you’ve got to do. From last year to this year, it’s a big difference.
Q: You also mentioned getting bigger this year. Was that a conscious effort you made in the offseason?
A: Yeah, I’m up about 10 to 15 pounds over last year. That’s all weightroom, mostly. We have strength and conditioning here at Rose that I’ve been into. I love it a lot. I love weightlifting, and that’s helped me out a lot as far as taking those bumps and bruises and finishing around the rim. It’s helped me a lot in not letting people knock me off balance and being able to play stronger defense.
Q: I know you play basketball nearly year-round with AAU and things like that. What did you do between your freshman and sophomore seasons at Rose?
A: Well, right after the season ends, we get into AAU. There are a few circuits you can play on — Under Armour, Nike and Adidas — and I got to play for the Adidas circuit. It was good experience. I got to see a lot of great, great players play and go to some big tournaments in front of any coach you can possibly name. That was a really, really good experience. Probably the best part was at the end, the last tournament they have, Adidas flies you out to Vegas and we got to stay a couple of days, so we got to see a bunch of cool stuff. It’s hot there, though. [laughs] But it was a fun time.
Q: Is there much fun stuff to do in Las Vegas for a kid that’s underage?
A: Not too many things. [laughs] It was still fun to go around and look and peek in a few places.
Q: What do you think is the biggest thing you bring to this Rose team?
A: Probably leadership and shooting the ball. I’ve been shooting the ball better than last year by a lot, but it’s probably leadership and being able to calm the guys down in big situations.
Q: I know basketball runs in your family and is your main focus, but if someone told you today that you could only play one sport at Rose and it couldn’t be basketball, is there another you’d choose?
A: I’d probably pick football. I love coach Wo (Dave Wojtecki). He’s an awesome dude and he works really hard, and I love the program there.
Q: I know you actually participated in spring football before deciding to focus on hoops. What position would you play on the football field?
A: I don’t know, man. [laughs] If I had to pick, I’d probably play wide receiver. I like playing receiver so it’d probably be that.
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