‘Awkward’ star Justin Sears leading Yale into NCAA Tournament contention

(WTNH)–There’s something different about Justin Sears.

“He’s an awkward good player,” said head coach James Jones.

“Everyone says awkward, I like to say ‘unorthodox,'” Sears said. Call it what you will: the 6-8 junior is a match up nightmare for opponents. His skill set has no boundaries.

“I like to think I’m a well-rounded player,” Sears said. “I can shoot a little bit, I can attack the basket. I work hard.”

“He’s relentless, and he’s very difficult to block out because he’s slithery, and he kind of wiggles around you.”

A pretty good athlete, his basketball skills speak for themselves. A quick look at the stats, and Sears’ name is atop all of the big ones.

Points, rebounds, shooting percentage, blocks. When he’s hungry, he’s hard to stop. It’s a lot like last year when he was a first team Ivy selection as a sophomore.

Not everything is a slam dunk though.

“It’s nice to have arms that are longer than your legs, that helps out,” Jones said.

“I have a blue-collar atttitude when it comes to chasing the ball, and my awkward, unorthodox moves, whatever you want to say, they’re effective, they get me to the basket.”

“The only guy that can hold Justin Sears under 20 points is Justin Sears,” said Yale head coach James Jones. “As long as he goes out and belives in himself, he’s very difficult to guard.”

On the basketball court, that seems to be true. If you’re talking tennis though, another sport Sears is gifted at, there is a certain 9-year old that has thrown Sears off his game.

“My son played him and they were tied because he didn’t want to beat my son because he’s only 9 years old,” Jones said. “It’s a tough situation for that guy. You beat a nine-year old, so what, you beat a nine-year old. You lose to a nine year-old, you just lost to a nine-year old.”

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