One of the area's top highschool basketball players has worked hard to live up to high expectations bothon and off the court. Booker T.Washington's Karim El-Amin has worked hard at being a good player and a goodperson for young people to look up to. Lions head coach Donnita Rogers says the same competitive spiritthat makes people notice him on the court helps him handle the pressure of allthe hype. "He handles it well," says Rogers. "He's extremely competitive. If he played jacks, checkers, it wouldn't matter. He hates to lose."
El-Amin says he tries to liveup to what he calls "the hype" that surrounds the high expectations, "whateverit takes to be the best."
Of all theeyes watching El-Amin when he steps on the court it's the ones closest to homethat matter the most, Rogers says whenthe JV and the freshmen kids were getting their uniforms "they all said, ‘Iwant #11' or ‘I want Karim's number.' He does his best to look out for them." El-Amin is well aware of the young eyeslooking up to him. "I have to set an example and be a role model."
With plentyof skills on both sides of the court Coach Rogers says it's the senior'spassion and knowledge of the game he loves that impresses her the most. "He's a mini coach on the floor," saysRogers. "He knows all the plays and the positions, one through five." But then El-Amin admits basketball isextremely important to him, "it's more than a game, it's life to me."
At themoment, Karim El-Amin is living the good life at BTW.