Truth be told, it doesn’t matter how successful Se’Quoia La’Joie Allmond becomes on the basketball court, among the things about which her mother, Tiffany Allmond is guilty is instilling in her daughter Biblical principles.
Take, for instance, how during a recent interview with Sports Journalist Andre Johnson, Tiffany Allmond make it a point to allude to Philippians 4:17, a rather familiar, thought-provoking Biblical passage she encourages her daughter to apply to her daily living.
Whether on or off the court, mind you.
According to the English Standard Version, it reads: “Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit.”
Fortunately for the 12-year-old Se’Quoia Allmond, she has been nothing short of impressive on the Mid-South-area basketball circuit, thus proving time and again that she is steadfastly seeking the fruit that increases to her credit.”
Or her immense talents as a rising hoops prodigy, if you will.
A 5-foot-5 combo guard who stars for Cordova Middle School, Se’Quoia Allmond has become a fixture on the local AAU basketball circuit in recent years as arguably the featured player for the Memphis War Eagles.
To her credit, this do-it-all athlete has created such a buzz surrounding her talents on the hardwood that not only has she drawn rave reviews from the likes of NBA players Tony Allen of the Memphis Grizzlies and Cameron Payne of the Oklahoma City Thunder, but she has even grasped the attention of a few Memphis-based media outlets, having recently been seen doing an interview for Memphis’ Fox 13 News.
Who would have thought that dribbling a basketball and drawing rave reviews from sizable crowds in gymnasiums throughout the Mid-South and around the country would give way to so much hoopla in such a brief time span?
Still, don’t think for one second that all of the success that Se’Quoia Allmond has enjoyed in recent years is going to her head, let alone causing her to become complacent and satisfied in her element.
If nothing else, it is only inspiring her to press her way harder toward her dream of someday playing on basketball grandest stages — major college basketball and the WNBA.
“I never did sense that it was her desire to play (basketball),” said Tiffany Allmond, in assessing her daughter’s rise a student athlete. “She told me that she wanted to play. She started playing at age seven. I started her out with boys and was amazed of her ability to play basketball with them and against them. Yet, I constantly remind her that her academics are more important than basketball. I said, ‘Girl, you take the game to a whole different level. You entertain the game and the WNBA is going to love you.”
All things considered, Se’Quoia Allmond undoubtedly has found her niche, thus become a household name on Memphis’ basketball-crazed landscape.
Aside from maintaining straight A’s since grade school while amassing an impressive grade point average of 4.3, she helped propel Cordova Middle to consecutive undefeated seasons, a feat that gave way a remarkable 60-0, capped by back-to-back city, district and state championships in the large school division.
For her astounding efforts as an all-around player, she was named the West Tennessee Large School’s Most Valuble Player, demonstrating once again that her best days surely are well ahead of her.
“She’s been well-mannered, respectable and always humble,” said Tiffany Allmond, adding a large part of her daughter’s success is due in large part to the tireless support of her father, Stephen Allmond.
Regardless, for a 12-year old hoops prodigy who doesn’t shy away from the notion that she aspires to play in the WNBA someday, Se’Quoia Allmond is taking success on and off the court in stride.
In a nutshell, don’t think for one second that this hoops phenom is about to adopt the big, with her parents’ constant reminder of Philippians 4:17.
“Right now I’m focusing more on getting to the next level of the game that I love because I have one more year in middle school and I don’t want to go back in 2016-17 looking the same as my last season,” said Se’Quoia Allmond sounding as confident as she’s been in some time.
Truth be told, now we know why.
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