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The Face of the Next Generation

September 3rd, 2015 | by Martin Keane
The Face of the Next Generation
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Matik Magazine presents another exclusive interview. We are fortunate to be able to sit down with basketball prospect Jaelin Llewellyn and his father, Bobby.

It has been over 20 years since the era that some would consider the most talented basketball players to grace the city of Toronto and naturally all of Canada. They were “The Rising Star” basketball era from Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan with respects to everywhere in Canada to name a few. There was a tall 6’6 player by the name of Ratcliff Llewellyn from St. Bonaventure University, Trevor Williams from Southern University, Charles Rochelin from UCLA, Wayne Yearwood from West Virginia, Anthony Simms from Boston University, Phil Dixon from Utah, and many others that followed these basketball trailblazers. In Canada there weren’t granting any athletic scholarships during a hectic time that basketball in Canada started to make its name. So in fast forwarding mode to 20 years in the present we are seeing the likes of young superstars like Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, Tyler Innis, Kehm Birch, and many others that have reached basketball premiers stage in the National Basketball Association.

                Its wasn’t until the emergence of the Toronto Raptors and the Vancouver Grizzlies that basketball in Canada was about to take off to new heights. The NBA’s Toronto Raptors was blessed at one time to have 2 exciting juggernauts in Tracey McGrady and Vince Carter play on the same team. Can you believe that, 2 All Stars that were bringing excitement to Canada in a way that the world had to respect and believe that something special was about to take place. Now, the grassroots in basketball in Canada are starting to produce new faces to the aquarium filled with different personalities, different talents and an array of talented coaches that are being influenced to stepping up to the plate. Matik Media Enterprise Magazine has noticed the likes of Xavier Rathan Mayes, Jalen Poyser and the humble spirited Jaelin Llewellyn. These players have yet to grace New York City’s “blue room” to hear their name being called to the podium for the team that wants them in an NBA Draft but one thing is for sure they are busy getting their education first.

                Matik Media Enterprise Magazine is proud to present another father/son duo in Jaelin and Bobby Llewellyn from Toronto Canada aka “The T Dot”. Rich in tradition, class and culture….Toronto Canada is not only a great place to live but also a great place to go to school on all levels. Jaelin Llewellyn has started to put a sparkle in the eyes of practically every Division 1 NCAA Coach in America and is being encouraged not to leave home just yet. Coming from a family with 2 original superstars, Jaelin Llewellyn knows where he comes from and where he is going. Matik Media Enterprise Magazine is greatful once again to sit with a well know family in Canada, the Llewellyns.

 

 

MM: How are you doing? Thanks for taking the time out in your hectic month of getting back to school.

JL: Fine, thank you.

BL: Thanks

MM: First question is for you Bobby. It’s funny how time flies since it’s been over 20 years since we played together, but it still feels like it was yesterday. Can you tell us what you have been up too?

BL: I have been doing Social Work and in Management for over 15 years for the City of Toronto. Working with marginalized youth, working with the homeless and autistic kids.

 

 

MM: Jaelin, can you tell us how old you are?

JL: I’m 16 years old now and I was born on May 23rd, 1999.

MM: What school will you be going to school next year?

JL: I think that I’ll be going to Orangeville Prep Coached by Larry Blunt

MM: Do you have any immediate goals that you have set for yourself? Where do you see yourself in the next couple of years?

JL: One of my goals is to look back at myself and see if I made any improvements. Where I see myself in a couple of years is hopefully Division 1 basketball somewhere in the NCAA. I just want to concentrate on basketball and my academics.

 

MM: Bobby, can you describe what it felt like seeing your son get selected to represent Canada?

BL: To me, it was like in the beginning he wasn’t on the radar. He went from being a non-factor to competing for the starting spot on his team.

 

MM: Jaelin, can you tell us when you workout at home, how many shots do you put up in a day and how are your eating habits?

JL: I workout at a gym near my house about 4-5 times a week or I’ll go to the community center on the weekends. I try to get as much shots as possible in a span of 2 hours.

 

MM: Bobby, can you tell us the changes that you have recognized in the last 20 years in the talent pool here in Canada?

BL: The pool of talent has grown exponentially coming from all over Canada. They have more access, opportunity and resources. Moreover social media has also assisted the national exposure for players and programs.

 

 

MM: Jaelin, who is your favorite player in the NBA and who would you say your game is most similar too?

JL: I would have to say my 2 favorite players are LeBron and Steph Curry. I would say the player that my game is similar to would be Chris Paul.

MM: You had an unfortunate injury that changed the direction of your basketball career. Can you describe what was it like, and do you have any regrets?

BL: I had hip surgery. When I came back from my surgery I felt like I was 100% but my body was about 75%. It was hard to comprehend at the time but I have no regrets.

 

 

MM: Can you describe your hip injury and how it happened?

BL: It was a freak accident at Humber College during a game. It felt like when I was running full speed that someone had pulled me back. I didn’t feel much pain at first but after I took myself out of the game, I felt the pain gradually until I went home. I eventually went to see the doctor and that’s when he said I needed surgery.

 

MM: Jaelin, The Matik Magazine is always in constant talks with NBA Coaches, GMs, and also the NCAA. People have a lot of interest in your ability as a player and rave about your humbleness as a person. Can you tell us your top 5 schools of choice that you have aspirations of playing for after you graduate from high school?

JL: Well I haven’t really thought about that yet. I’m familiar with Wake Forest, my fathers old school, Rhode Island, Kentucky, UCLA and North Carolina University.

 

 

MM: What do you want to study after you graduate from high school and move on to University?

JL: I like photography and I like mathematics.  I enjoy being challenged in math because there is one answer, as opposed to English where you can answer in different ways. Numbers come easy to me.

MM: Bobby, you been said to be one of the top 3 guards at a time during the 90’s where there was a lot of talent in Toronto at your position. Can you tell us who you looked up to growing up? Did you think that you would’ve made it to the NBA?

BL: There wasn’t any one particular player. I used to go to Oakwood, Jungle or to Finch to get a game. I basically respected all ball players at the time. There were so many ballers and in each neighborhood there was always a great player.

 

 

 

 MM: Jaelin, how tall are you? Do you think you will be taller than your father?

JL: I’m about 6’2. I think I have a chance to be taller than my father.

MM: How has your parents played a role in your development?

JL: My parents for sure played a really big role, by teaching me to be humble, to do my homework and for my discipline to transfer onto the court.

 

 

 

MM: Jaelin, can you tell us 3 coaches that have influenced you since you started playing ball?

JL: I would have to say Nicolas David, Coach Chris and Maurice Armstrong.

MM: Bobby, you have strong Jamaican roots, how has that been a strong part of your family tree?

BL: It has definitely been a major factor. We have to have a foundation to build from.

MM: How is your brother Rocky and what has he been up to ever since?

BL: Rocky also works in the Social Services industry. He is a parent and I look at him as paving the way for a lot of the ballers in Toronto. He could’ve arguably gone straight to the NBA out of high school if the NBA had come to Toronto a lot sooner.

MM: Jaelin, can you tell us 3 things that you have learned during your time with the Canadian National Team?

JL: I have learned to play a different style which the International game is a different set of rules. The training I received was great and the knowledge of how to take care of yourself and eating right was informative. Overall the National Team teaches you about having the right mind-set.

  

MM: What do you feel are the 3 areas that you need to improve in your game?

JL: I have to improve on my decision-making. Knowing the right time to go to the hole. I have to be more consistent on my jump shot. I have to get physically stronger and finish stronger even though a player may foul me. I got to play through that.

 

 

MM: Jaelin, what are your grades like in school and do you feel that you can become an Academic All-American?

JL: I feel that I can be an Academic All-American if I work harder. My GPA (grade point average) is 3.76.

MM: Bobby, you have dedicated tirelessly in giving back to your community. Can you describe what if has been like working with the youth?

BL: It’s basically human nature for me to give back. I feel it’s my calling. I’m doing it because I want to do it. It’s about the people that have and the people that don’t have anything. Poverty is like an industry. The results of poverty is always rough and never easy.  People need to help others more because this is what life is about.

 

 

Well that about does it for an awesome session with the Llewellyn family. Matik Magazine wants to express our deepest appreciation for sitting down with us today. Matik Magazine will keep a close eye on Jaelin Llewellyn in his progress and want to sit down with him again in the near future. Wherever there is a talented athlete, scholar or even a person with a new invention, Matik Magazine loves to enhance successful people and what they are doing.

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