Windermere Prep sixth-grader Ethan Nichols helps lead team to GOAC hoops championship.
The Windermere Prep sixth-grade boys basketball team won the sixth-grade championship of the Greater Orlando Athletic Conference. Ethan Nichols has helped lead the Lakers all through the season, and in the championship game he scored 15 points to help seal the deal for his team.
What was the coolest thing about playing for your school for the first time this season?
Well, that’s kind of been what I’ve been doing FBVA for — just to prepare for that. When we won the championship, I was really excited.
What did your team do particularly well this season?
We work together really well, and we move the ball around the court.
What did coach Cedric Thomas stress for the team on offense?
He likes for us to cut around the basket and get to the hoop for layups.
Where did you improve throughout the course of the season?
I got really good at actually communicating on the court, (because) I was forced to, being a point guard. I also got really good at cutting (to the basket).
Which game was the most memorable this season?
It was definitely the championship. We beat them by like 20 points.
Who is a basketball player who you admire or try to emulate on the court?
Kyrie Irving — he’s got handles for days. He can finish at the basket, and he can shoot.
What is something you need to improve upon for next season?
Me and my dad were practicing yesterday. My hesitation move, I don’t hold the hesitation long enough, so I’ve been working on that.
What’s your favorite class?
Life science — Mrs. (Krista) Crocetti’s class. She does a lot of fun stuff, like dissections. I really like science.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
I want to be a scientist, probably an archaeologist. I like digging, and I like science.
What’s the last movie you saw?
I just saw “The Last Jedi” maybe a month ago.
Predict which teams will meet in the NBA Finals this year.
I think it’s going to be Golden State and the Boston Celtics. Cleveland has not been doing well, probably because LeBron (James) has no help.