Leaving Home to Chase My Dream
For Players, our hoop journeys start at a young age and early on we all make many sacrifices to accomplish our dreams of someday playing professional basketball. Whether that is early mornings and late nights in the gym, not being able to spend time with our close friends or in the case of this week Myhoopjourney.com guest speaker Stefan Korfas, traveling aboard to the USA leaving his family to attend high school and chase his basketball dream.
Stefan Korfas shares his story of traveling away from his family in order to play to the higher levels and the dream of the NBA.
He is the son of Jon Korfas former Euroleague champion with Panathinaikos in 1996. He is playing at the high school level though he is considered as a high prospect in his state with many Colleges shown their interest already.
Edited by Konstantinos Panas.
Living abroad away from your friends, family and country are tough. Especially when you’re living in different continents and traveling isn’t easy.
But my dad told me when I was younger, “if you have a better future somewhere else, no matter where that is you need to go”.
It’s tough. But I know I’m here for a reason. It’s a constant battle, mostly more mental than physical. Being able to keep your focus on the goal and not letting it slip away and think about your loved ones back home.
In high school, basketball is more than just how skilled you are. It’s about reading the game and recognizing situations. As a point guard, you need to be able to read the defense in order to get your guys organized and put them in the best situation to score.
As I had played SG in the past, it was hard for me to get the mentality of creating for others first, but still be aggressive and trying to score when u get that opportunity. The American game is much different than the European. Here you have 3 sometimes 4 games a week so not many practices like in Europe. You play well one game or play bad, you need to immediately forget about it cause you could be playing again the next day.
My daily schedule is way different that the one I had in Europe and it depends on what time of the season we are up to. The hardest part is the pre-season. I start my day going to school and then I am off to practice with my teammates. After that, we do our strengthening with weights in groups of four. We go through several exercises and each team tries to finish first. We do that to create a competitive spirit. Then we all dine together. In the mid-season, the program isn’t that pretentious because we play many games every week so we dedicate half of the practice to training and scouting.
Thank you for reading and I’m looking forward to sharing my journey with you all.