Athlete Showcase: Dowagiac’s D.J. Lanier

D.J. Lanier is a junior on the Dowagiac boys basketball team.

What has been one of your greatest accomplishments as an athlete?

DJ: So far, making it to the regional championship.

D.J. Lanier

What has been one of your biggest disappointments as an athlete?

DJ: Losing to Benton Harbor.

Who is a “hero” in your life and why?

DJ: My brother. He keeps me going.

When are you the most nervous while you are competing?

DJ: Never.

Describe an embarrassing athletic moment.

DJ: Missing a wide-open dunk.

How do you tend to workout/train when by yourself?

DJ: I work on my shot a lot and my finishing at the rim.

What other sport would you like to compete in if you were not playing yours?

DJ: Track.

Why are sports an important part of a high school experience?

DJ: It is my way out.

How would you give away $50,000?

DJ: I would give it to the less fortunate.

If you could be the head coach of a team for a year, what team would you choose?

DJ: The Golden State Warriors.

If I did not play sports, I would…?

DJ: Be somewhere in the criminal justice field.

If you could change one rule about your sport, what would it be?

DJ: Traveling.

What is the best compliment you have ever received?

DJ: You have the talent.

What was the scariest thing you have had to do? Are you glad you did it?

DJ: Catch a squirrel in my house.

What is your favorite hobby? Why?

DJ: Basketball. I clears my mind.

Choose one word to describe yourself:

DJ: Unpredictable.


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