Earlier this week I had the pleasure of interviewing a rising basketball star who brought his talents from Virginia, to New York, and is now overseas playing for our country.
Interviewee: Dallis Joyner
Where are you from?
How long have you been playing basketball?
I’ve been playing ball since I was six years old. We had like, a little basketball hoop outside of my house so growing up we used to always be outside.
Who was your biggest influence growing up?
Michael Jordan and high school basketball coach, Tyran Matthews.
Was your family supportive of your decision to play professional basketball or did they have other dreams for you?
No they always thought basketball was my ticket out the bad environment I grew up in, they always rooted for me, always attended my games even if it meant traveling from Virginia to long island where I attended Stony Brook University.
Besides basketball, what are some of your other interests?
Well I make music in my spare time, I write poetry but it comes off as music or rap lyrics. I like trying new foods and exploring different cities and restaurants.
What do you plan to do after you retire from playing basketball?
Good question, I haven’t thought that far yet. Hopefully I’ll be established enough to take care of my family. Actually I might pursue teaching as well. If I can make a difference in these kids world like some of my teachers did then that’s something I’d want to do.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Still overseas, hopefully on a different team. Right now I’m in Israel.
What is your biggest accomplishment in your sports?
Getting my team into the NCAA tournaments at Stony Brook. I made the winning shot in 2012 that got my team into the tournament.
What one or two things do you currently do in your training that are keys to your success?
I try to get a lot of sleep in my rest time, that’s how people overwork themselves and end up tired. I’m always the first in the gym and the last to leave; I allow that extra work out time so that I can allow my body that time to rest outside the gym.
What would be your ultimate achievement?
Starting a youth program in my hometown that promotes sports as well as homework help and show them there are more opportunities for them outside of Norfolk.
How do you set your goals?
I tend to always make my goals are realistic, I set more near goals and everything else will fall into place in the future. I always try to push myself to be better at what I do so if I score 10 points in one game I want to score 12 in the next.
What is your biggest challenge, and what do you do to manage this challenge?
My biggest challenge was tackling everything that was going on at school and with my team at Stony Brook as well as trying to keep everything with my family together while being more than seven hours away. My family depended on me a lot to be the one to financially support them on top of other personal issues we were going through.
What is your diet like?
I eat everything but lately I’ve been into juicing and eating more seafood.
Do you have a saying or motto that you live your life by?
Keep God first and everything else will fall into place.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I’ve always looked up to people that set the bar high like NBA top scorers like Michael Jordan.
Anything else you’d like to share?
People always say its cliché to “Follow your dreams, do what you love to do, etc” like you can’t do that and that your dreams aren’t realistic but I’m living proof that you can achieve those dreams. I came from a bad background, never had anything given to me except for my talent, been arrested, never thought I’d even go to college when I was younger, and look where I am now. If you want to do something in life don’t ever let anyone deter you from that, not family, not friends, and trust me there will be people that tell you you’re crazy for having that dream but don’t ever listen to them.