Athlete Spotlight: James Wood basketball player Brooke Nesselrodt
James Wood High School 16-year-old junior
Position: Shooting Guard
Parents: Aaron and Rhonda Nesselrodt
Nickname: Most people call me “Brookie”, but my best friend, Laura Seymour, calls me “Ben” because of my initials (Brooke’s middle name is Elizabeth).
When did you start playing basketball: I’ve been playing probably since the third grade. My dad got me into it, he played himself.
What you love about basketball: I love how competitive it is and how you can always get better, so there’s always motivation.
Biggest strength and weakness in basketball: I’d say my biggest strength is shooting and one of my weaknesses is when I think too much about what I’m going to do or what I’m supposed to do.
Sport you always wanted to try: I’d have liked to play tennis. It looks fun, people in my family play it and it’s a lot harder than it looks. We play around some times and it’s so much harder than it looks.
Most memorable moment in basketball: When we beat the undefeated team in 8th grade and we won the championship. I was at Frederick County [Middle School] and we beat Admiral E. Byrd [Middle School], it was just so exciting.
Most embarrassing moment in basketball: Whenever I shoot and I think it’s going in because it feels so right and it just airballs. That’s pretty embarrassing.
Favorite athlete: Oklahoma City guard Kevin Durant. He just always goes hard and he can shoot the lights out.
Favorite sports team: The Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball team. I just like how they play and how they always work as a team.
Three people you can have dinner with, dead or alive: I would say my uncle Jason, he passed away when I was younger. Kevin Durant since he’s my favorite player and my sister Brynna because I love her.
Favorite Quote: “When you’re not working hard somebody else is.” Coach Chris [Rhone] always tells me that to get me motivated.
Favorite subject in school: I’d say history, I just like learning about the different cultures and how they’ve changed, it’s always interested me for some reason.
What’s on the iPod: Mainly hip hop and rap, I have some country. I don’t really have a favorite artist, I just like the beats and stuff.
Pregame routine/ritual: I just listen to my music and get focused to play the game.
Plans after high school: I would like to play basketball in college, but I’m not really sure what I want to do yet. I just want to play, that would be pretty cool.
— Compiled by Kevin Trudgeon