Player diary: Frost feels welcomed at John Paul II
Melik Frost is a sophomore at John Paul II Catholic School. A Hardeeville resident, Frost averages 4.6 points per game and 1.4 steals per game for the Golden Warriors boys basketball team. Here are his thoughts on competing for John Paul II:
I have loved playing basketball since I was in the second grade. My personal journey has taken me from a little intramural team to the gold and blue court of John Paul II Catholic School.
I have always practiced, improving my skills on my own home court and watching professional basketball, because it helps me perfect my craft. I can see how much I’ve improved over the years but there is still more room to grow.
I might not be a LeBron James, but when I’m out on the court I am going to give you 110 percent on every possession. I go by this quote, “start unknown, finish unforgettable” because that helps me motivate myself to do the best of my ability and show everyone what I can do.
This is my first year at John Paul II. I’m currently a sophomore and I’m really enjoying the classes and sports at my new school. From day one, everyone welcomed me with open arms. JP II offers a lot of opportunities to succeed as a student-athlete and as well as becoming a better person through its great programs and facilities.
I’ve been happy to be on the Golden Warriors sports teams, and I really enjoy playing basketball at John Paul II.
From the summer basketball camp up until now, I have enjoyed everything about this season. The coaches especially have been helpful and welcoming. Coach Benedik, Coach Leonard, and Coach Godson have had a wonderful impact on my life.
They make sure everyone is academically successful, properly disciplined, and know the game of basketball.
Coach Benedik’s main quote is: “Everything we do starts on the defensive end.” We as a team live by that statement.
My teammates have been great, and I enjoy playing with them. I met the team before I met anyone else, and they have helped me feel like I belonged at John Paul II.
We are a young team, with a lot of heart, and I see great potential if we work hard; there’s no limit to what we can accomplish. Because so many of us played football and basketball together, we have a great team chemistry. There are four seniors on our team: Nyleem, Thomas, Mark, and Brad, who are great team captains, leaders, and people.
My family is very supportive and I wouldn’t trade them for the world. Before every game, I get a text or call from my mom telling me to play hard, how she is my No. 1 fan, and that no matter what the score says at the end, she’ll always be proud of me. I am very thankful for my family and what they all do for me.
Faith is a core part of our school. My team says a prayer before and after every game, because it is very important that we remember everything is done in Christ’s name. Every Friday we have Mass which teaches us more about our faith in Christ.
I have great expectations for this season. I would like us to compete in the region and have a winning record. My hope is that we are a contender for the region title, win the region, make it to the playoffs, and compete in the playoffs.
The sky is the limit.