April 13, 2006

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Q. How did you get involved with basketball?
I started playing basketball at the age of 10. At the time, baseball was my first love. I only played basketball as an alternative when it was too cold for baseball in the wintertime. When I entered middle school I had a difference of opinion with our baseball coach and that ultimately kept me off the team. I ended up walking away from baseball and turned my focus to basketball. When I turned 11, my mother signed me up for Biddy Basketball in Teaneck, NJ. We would travel to several sites to play games against other kids around my age. At the age of 12, I wasn’t allowed to travel with the Biddy Basketball team for the national tournament because I was too tall to participate. I remember someone clipping out this article about me in the local paper that had the title, `Too Tall at 12.’ At the time I was 5’9″ and there was a silly height restriction where no one could be over 5’8″ to compete in the national tournaments.

In high school I played year round basketball and was fortunate to be surrounded by talented players as well. The team had great chemistry that resulted in a successful season my junior and senior year at Teaneck High School. In my junior year we won the county tournament and my senior year we went on a 29-0 stretch only to lose our 30th game to Barringer High School. My senior year ended on a positive note because we were back-to-back county champs.

Complete Interview with Tony Campbell