Livingston Athlete of the Week: Eli Friedman

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LIVINGSTON, NJ - After consistently leading the team week after week, junior Eli Friedman of the Livingston Lancer Basketball team has been named the Athlete of the Week.

Friedman’s skills allow him to be an extremely versatile player. His intangible attributes are displayed both on and off the court, as he not only pursues athletic achievements, but also his other passion of sports journalism.

Friedman’s value is not measured by scoring but largely in the form of assists. His defense and leadership, which cannot be seen on the stat sheet, are also key contributions to the team’s success.

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As a starting point guard, there is a lot of responsibility on Friedman’s shoulders. A point guard has to orchestrate the offense and help team chemistry, which are critical aspects of the game of basketball.

Dave Cohen, the Lancer coach, highly values Friedman, which is apparent in his decision to consistently start Friedman at the point guard position.

Friedman is able to create opportunities for other players to score and to open up the floor to facilitate the team’s offensive strategies. His decision-making ability allows the likes of Kahlil Garnes to take advantage of Friedman’s proficient passing abilities, converting his passes into wide-open three pointers or the opportunity to drive to the basket.

Although Eli has many contributions to the team, he said he feels “like [his] greatest contribution is [his] leadership and playmaking ability. Most of basketball is mental, so I believe that if you have a good, positive mindset and attitude it will lead to positive results. So as a point guard, I try to lead and be the guy to keep everyone positive and just try to motivate my teammates to move on to the next play if they mess up, and just stay positive and have fun.”

In addition to his on-court achievements, Friedman also has many achievements regarding journalism and reporting to his name. Friedman mainly writes and talks about his favorite basketball team, the Oklahoma City Thunder. He first started by writing on blogs and it slowly progressed into bigger and bigger things. Recently, he has appeared on NBA talk shows, including ESPN Radio 1420 and now holds the position of Oklahoma City Thunder Contributor at Yahoo Sports.

In regards to the relationship between his high-school basketball and his writing, Friedman said that, “my writing and NBA work helps my personal basketball game a lot. It translates to my basketball IQ, which is so important for a player to have, especially a point guard. My knowledge about the game allows me to lead a team, and make high IQ plays.”

Eli, a junior on the varsity squad, looks to help lead his team to victory on Tuesday at Livingston High School for the last game of the season, and to lead the Lancers to a great season next year. His long-term dream is to become a successful journalist and continue with his passion for the game of basketball.

Each week, The Alternative Press (TAP) of Livingston chooses a student Athlete of the Week. Criteria stems from prowess on the field, court or arena to leadership. Articles are written by the Livingston High School Sports Interns, who participate in TAP's program.

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of or anyone who works for is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

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