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East County Athlete of the Week: Isaac Heaven

The Braden River boys basketball junior had three-straight games of 10 or more points and three or more rebounds last week.

Braden River's Isaac Heaven.
Braden River's Isaac Heaven.
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Isaac Heaven is a junior guard on the Braden River High boys basketball team. From Dec. 6 through Dec. 9, Heaven and the Pirates played three games, with Heaven, who is 6-foot-3, scoring 10 or more points and grabbing three or more rebounds in each game, all Braden River wins. 

When did you start playing basketball?

I did not start basketball for real until I was in sixth grade. Before then it was just something I did for fun. I played football, too, but I chose to follow basketball because it was my better sport. Being tall, it was easier for me to score and have success. 

What is the appeal to you?

I get to do a lot of things on the court and I like that. I can shoot, I can dribble, I can dunk. When I do those things well, it makes me feel good. 

What is your best skill?

Right now it is driving to the basket and scoring. It's something I have put a lot of work into and I think it has been worth it. 

What have you been working to improve?

I have been trying to get better with my outside shot and my dribbling, just in general. I need to be more consistent in those two areas. 

What is your favorite memory?

Earlier this season against Palmetto High, I dunked on someone during a game for the first time. I got the ball in transition and got past one defender, then jumped and got hit in the air by another. I got the foul and I still dunked it. The crowd went crazy. 

What are your goals for the season?

As a team, we're taking things one game at a time. We're 5-1 right now. The goal at the end of the year is to win our district tournament, but until then we're just trying to get better each game. 

What is your favorite food?

I love cheese pizza. 

What is your favorite movie? 

I like "King Kong" a lot.

What is your favorite subject?

I like history class. It's cool to learn about everything that has happened in the world. 

Which superpower would you pick?

I want to read people's minds to know what they're thinking all the time. 

What is the best advice you have received?

Don't let your emotions dictate how you play the game. That has been an important lesson for me to learn. 

Finish this sentence: "Isaac Heaven is …"

Funny. I'm a funny guy. 



Ryan Kohn

Ryan Kohn is the sports editor for Sarasota and East County and a Missouri School of Journalism graduate. He was born and raised in Olney, Maryland. His biggest inspirations are Wright Thompson and Alex Ovechkin. His strongest belief is that mint chip ice cream is unbeatable.

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