Scholar-athlete of the week: Millbrook's Sam Blue

tstevens@newsobserver.comJanuary 6, 2014 

Sam Blue

Millbrook, senior

6-foot, 2.5 inches, 225 pounds

Academics: 4.2 overall grade point average on a 4.0 scale with extra credit for advanced courses.

Athletics: Plays football, basketball and track. News & Observer All-Metro selection in football. Made 118 tackles, including 52 tackles for loss and 19 sacks. Starts at small forward in basketball.

Coaches say: Football coach Clarence Inscore: “Sam’s leadership was a big factor in our season. He is an outstanding player and his work ethic is unmatched.”

Basketball coach Scott McInnes: “He is a tremendous captain. He starts for us and keeps everyone on the same page. He is an outstanding young man with great leadership skills.”

Transitioning from football to basketball: “It’s hard to switch. You go from wanting to hold the ball securely to dribbling it. The shift mentally is tough. In football, you want to be aggressive and hit, hit, hit. Then suddenly in basketball, you want to be aggressive, but if you barely touch someone it is like you hit him and it’s a foul.”

How I lead: “I try to control the team by leading by example. I want to do things in such a way that if everybody did it the same way we’d become a better team. I want us all to give a maximum effort.”

Most impactful book: “In the 10th grade, I read “Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry” (by Mildred D. Taylor), and it really had an impact on me. The book really opened my eyes to racism. It showed me how African-American citizens had been treated in the past.”

My music: “Rap. I like it because it gets me hepped up, especially before games.”

What it takes to be a friend: “Being trustworthy and kind. Caring about people’s feelings.”

Most important U.S. document: “The Bill of Rights. Our freedoms are guaranteed.”

I was fascinated to find out: “Years ago, I was fascinated when I found out the Earth wasn’t the only planet in the solar system.”

Please email nominations for Scholar-Athlete of the Week to tstevens@newsobserver.com. Nominees should be seniors, should be currently playing a varsity sport, and have a minimum 3.8 overall grade point average.

Stevens: 919-829-8910

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