February 2, 2016
By Christopher Sich
On November 15, 2013, the Dominican University men’s basketball team suited up to take the court at the Igini Sports Forum against Lake Forest College. For freshman Josh Mayberry it was not only the first game of the season but also the first game of his collegiate career. He was nervous, but the jitters didn’t last long. Only 32 seconds into the game, Mayberry got the ball in the paint and scored the first two points of the game. Little did he know, those two points marked the beginning of an accomplishment that only 16 others have achieved in Dominican’s men’s basketball history.
Two weeks ago on January 14, Mayberry became the 17 member of the men’s basketball 1,000-Point-Club, scoring 22 points at Aurora University. For Mayberry, this is more than just an accomplishment; it is a symbol of his hard work.
“Reaching 1,000 points shows me that all of my hard work and hours of practice are paying off,” said Mayberry. “It is also motivation to keep doing what I’m doing, but I wouldn’t have been able reach 1,000 points without the trust of my coach and teammates.”
Mayberry says that his success and hard work on the court have translated off the court as well.
“The discipline needed to help me be successful on the basketball court has translated to the classroom and it helps keep me focused on the right things,” said Mayberry.
He wants to continue his hard work and has his eyes set on future goals. He said, “My goal is to lead the conference in scoring and to be the conference player of the year.”
With eight games left in the season, Mayberry currently stands in fourth place in points per game in the conference, averaging 19.9 points. The player that is currently in first averages 21.6 points per game.
Other than these two personal goals, Mayberry still holds onto his dream of playing professional basketball overseas. This dream, and his love of basketball, began at an early age. At age of five, he began playing at the YMCA in his hometown of Canton, MI.
“When I first began playing basketball, I knew right away that I wanted to play for as long as I could,” said Mayberry.
Several years later, he started playing for the Wizards, his travel basketball team. When he got to high school and made varsity as a sophomore, he knew he could play at a high level.
Mayberry currently leads the Stars in minutes, points, assists and steals per game.
Teammate and friend, Kevin Mack, said, “He means a lot to the team. He brings leadership, keeps guys in line and keeps us focused. I look forward to him reaching 2,000 points. He has a lot of career left. Anything is possible.”
Statistics prove that Mayberry is a great athlete, but he wouldn’t have gotten to where he is today without his support system.
“My dad has always pushed me to work and to be the best that I can be,” said Mayberry. “My dad, friends and family have always supported me. I play for them; I play to make them proud.”
Mayberry enjoys every second that he is on the court. To him, the court is like a second home and it is where he feels most comfortable.
“I love basketball because it has given me so much,” said Mayberry. “It is a part of me and I can’t ever see myself not playing.”
With the season coming to a close, Mayberry looks forward to finishing strong. Mayberry is proud of his accomplishment of reaching 1,000 points but says there’s still work to be done.
“The next step is to get back on the court and do what I do best, play basketball.”