Keyshawn Embery: driven to win

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Keyshawn Embery loves to win. Whether that is on the court with his teammates, playing NBA 2k or even bowling with his friends, the high school junior is focused on winning.

Embery is always trying to improve. His strengths on the court include attacking the rim, a good mid-range jumper and his handles. Still, he emphasized how, as a point guard, he is always trying to improve his ball handling and control. He is also confident about the development of his self-proclaimed weakness: the 3-point shot.

“I try to do everything on the floor,” Embery said, “[I try to] make sure my teammates get better, rebound and make sure I am a complete player.”

As the point guard, he has to be able show his talents as well as make his teammates better. This is why his teammates respect him as their leader, even though he is only a junior.
Basically, he wants to do whatever it takes to win.

Embery knew that he might have a future in basketball when he was in eighth grade. That was when he decided on leaving behind football and focusing on basketball. Now, Embery tries to model his game around Cavaliers star Kyrie Irving.

“I like the way he gets to his spots quick,” Embery said.

Despite modeling his game after Irving, Embery said his favorite player is Paul George of the Indiana Pacers. And as a result, his favorite team is the Indiana Pacers. That’s right, an Indiana Pacers fan from Oklahoma.

Off the basketball court, Embery loves to hang out with his friends.

“We’ll go bowling and play 2k,” he said.

But, even off the court, he always stays focused on winning. The friendly competition can get pretty intense. Embery mentioned one time where he went to six overtimes in 2k with his friend.

“My friend tried to turn the TV off,” Embery pridefully said, “but I hit the shot when he turned the TV off.”

And the trash talk from these games even makes its way to practice.

“We are always talking about whoever lost,” he said.

This love for being around sports and competition is why Embery hopes to study sports medicine in college.

Embery already has multiple offers, most notably from Tulsa, Nebraska, Kansas State and UNLV. According to 247Sports, Embery is a 4-star point guard and the No. 88 ranked player in the Class of 2018 (No. 1 in the state of Oklahoma). Despite the sometimes hectic nature of the recruiting process, Embery appreciates the opportunity he has.

“I enjoy the process and I am blessed to go through it because not everybody can say they have,” Embery said.

Embery could make his college decision as early as after this high school season, but he is still hoping to improve this summer. Embrey’s Midwest City High School team entered the Oklahoma High School playoffs as winners of its league. At this point, Embrey’s main focus is winning a state championship.