ESPN — To win the Can’t-Stop-Watching Moment at the 2020 ESPYS [Sunday night] feels great. Any time you can bring positive exposure to your city, to your state. Any time you can represent your family and those who support you, it’s incredible, especially on this big platform.
Now I just want to use my platform to inspire those who might have low self-esteem and show them that there are other ways to be successful — [not just the] negative things that social media will portray. Overall, I think this award and this moment will give bigger guys confidence.
It doesn’t matter how you look. You can achieve your goals.
After I hit the deep 3-pointer that went viral in [Jackson State’s] 76-56 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on our Senior Day in March, I figured I might be popular locally. But as time went on, there was more buzz and more opportunities.
Before Sunday, the wildest moment since that night had been my appearance on the “Today” show. But an ESPY? Man, I don’t remember anybody from our state or our conference or an HBCU winning that major award.
When I entered that game in March, I was a team manager who’d never played in a real game. But I had the ultimate confidence. My teammates told me, “We believe in you, so every time we pass it to you, let it fly.” They gave me the green light.
I knew that if I got open, I’d eventually hit one, even though I missed the first three, and I did with 17 seconds to play in the game.
It went viral.
Check out the award-winning moment:
I got a tweet from Kevin Durant. Wow. It’s always good when your favorite player notices you after something like that.
It’s been hectic since that night. I haven’t had time to promote my band, Thomas & Friends. We play jazz, R&B, a mixture of everything.
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