Today we feature a BBL rookie in Akeem Ellis, an American forward who joined Cheshire Phoenix during the summer after playing in Canada last season.
Name: Akeem Ellis
Team: Cheshire Phoenix
Position: Small forward
Signature Play: Euro step
Twitter address: @_KINGKEEM00
How did you get into basketball? My dad put the ball in my hand at a young age, because I had a lot of energy! He said I was too hyper. I started around the age of 6!
Do you have any superstitions or rituals before you play? I pray before every game and pray during half-time. Sometimes if we win, I might wear the same socks at the next game (but I wash them of course!).
What has been your best basketball memory so far? During my basketball career, my highlight is winning the Division 3 Championship in Junior College. That year we went 35-1 and I won every award possible. Playing in the BBL since LAST September, my best memory is having 35 points against Worcester in November and going 7-10 from the three-point line.
Favourite basketball arena? Air Canada Centre – the Toronto Raptors’ arena. I spent a lot of time in there with my big bro, James Johnson in 2014-15.
What sports do you enjoy outside of basketball and who do you follow/support? I enjoy watching American football (NFL) and follow the New York Giants.
Who would you want to play you in a film of your life? My son for sure.
If you could be a character in any film or TV show (current or past), who would you be and why? Ghost (James St Patrick) from Power, because he came up from the hood and made a way out for himself and his family.
What would be your perfect weekend? Chilling with friends and family, on vacation in the Caribbean.
At school your best subjects and your worst are/were? Best, Science and History. My worst was Math.
Your coach has asked you to organise a team-bonding activity. What activity would you go for and why? All preparing our favourite dish together and everybody sitting around eating and talking. Or bowling.
Which of your team-mates has the best and worst fashion and musical tastes? Best fashion, Akeem Ellis (Me!). Best music Kinu Rochford. Worst fashion, Coach Lavery and worst music, James Brice!
Who or what makes you laugh? Funny movies, personal jokes.
Who and/or what do you find really annoying? Negative energy and a pessimistic outlook.
Finally, tell us something hardly anybody or nobody knows about you? I’m a world class singer and performer – but only in the shower!