How has a high school basketball player become stronger because of the pandemic? It is quite an amazing story.
Before this spring basketball season, Justin’s last game was the CIF Southern Division playoffs in February last year. Christian Christian lost 71-53 at San Francis at the end of his junior year. He only played in 14 games. “Last year, I sprained my ankle three times,” Rocherin said. “I will never get a sense of rhythm. If I play a game, it will take about five minutes.” Less than a month later, the COVID-19 pandemic began. When the world seemed to stand still, Rocherin began to work. He said: “The pandemic actually helped me. I became stronger and started to jump higher. I have never played since the St. Francis game. The game, there is no AAU, nothing.” The healthy Rocherin is a signatory of Arizona now, scoring 20 points and defeating the Harvard West Lakes 72-61 with the Warriors on Saturday April 3, 2021.
Justin Rochelin averaged 20 points and 12.2 rebounds per game and helped his team to get all wins. Because of the pandemic, he was able to rest at home for a period of time, and then this time, lead his team to win the game. Maybe he did lose hope for a while, but the unexpected shutdown gave him a second chance. We congratulate him for leading his team to victory, and we expect him to have many more wins.