January 18, 2012 - Junior Jordan Dasuqi has grown since he was a ninth-grader on the Clarkston Boys Varsity Basketball and owed it all to defense.
Jordan Dasuqi catches a rebound ball during the Wolves' game against North Farmington, Jan. 5. Photo by Larry Wright (click for larger version)
"The big thing for me is I didn't play a lot last year because I didn't play defense," he admitted. "Now they have me start as point guard and it has helped me relax a lot more and let offense come to me instead of being worried about offense. That is the biggest thing - I am not worried about my shots anymore. I know they are going to come."
They did come - Dasuqi opened the first quarter against OAA Red rivals Pontiac with 13 points, boosting the team to a 21-14 lead going into the second quarter.
"He was very good," said Dan Fife, head coach. "He got us started."
He attributed the boost in skills from playing off season with a AAU league team and practicing shots with assistant coach, Eric Chambers.
Playing basketball has been a dream for Dasuqi since he was just a toddler shooting hoops with a Little Tikes basketball hoop in his living room.
He moved to Clarkston from Arizona when he was in first grade and grew up in the Clarkston basketball culture. He participated in the McGrath league and went to Fife Camp for a few summers.
"I learned a lot about Clarkston and what it means to play Clarkston Basketball," he said.
He also knows he and his teammates are an inspiration to the players they coach at McGrath.
"I try to work hard at McGrath and make sure the kids have a fun time and enjoy basketball," he smiled, adding he can pass on what he has learned especially to watch defense.
Dasuqi currently has a 3.5 GPA and is taking AP Psychology and Pre-Calculus/Trigonometry in addition to his required classes. He has also taken AP Biology.
"My dad is big on school so I try to make it my first priority," he added.
Dasuqi has another dream - to play for a Divison 1 college basketball team, particularly Michigan State University.
"I have been a big Michigan State fan since I was in first grade," he added.
He plans to become a nurse or an anesthesiology assistant.
Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.