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It’s not just a chip on Myron Amey’s shoulder.
“Not even a chip,” Amey said. “It was a log. Boulder.”
Amey is used to being overlooked. Undervallued. Not being sought after.
Even when Amey was shining on the basketball court as a guard at Vacaville High School, where he graduated in 2020, the offers were not pouring in despite leading the team in scoring and being a captain for multiple years.
So, Amey just had to create his own path.
“Bigger than that because not being known, it’s kind of hard to keep motivating yourself to just keep going because it’s easy to give up when you’re like that,” Amey said. “But as you keep going and people start respecting you, that just gives you more of a boost and more of a motivation, like, ‘Man, I could really make something out of this.’
“That’s what happened, and I’m glad I’m in the position I am now.”
After starring at Vacaville, Amey went to the east coast, all the way out to Pennsylvania for a post graduate year at the Scotland Campus – a place where multiple Vacaville athletes have gone in recent years, as Vacaville Christian’s own Kendall Allen moved there for the spring to play basketball.
What Amey craved was more development because he wanted to be as prepared as he could be for the next level, at whatever school he landed at.
“I knew I needed a lot of development,” Amey said. “And for me I wanted to come to college and explode right away, not just over the years. I wanted to make my mark and my name known as a freshman, and I have the opportunity to do that now.”
At Scotland, Amey only built off the work he put in at Vacaville High School, leading the team in scoring and being an integral part throughout each of the victories.
That’s when Amey’s confidence soared, as all of the work he has and will continue to put in began to pay off – and will only pay off as his career unfolds more.
“My confidence was everything,” Amey said. “I wouldn’t have done what I did if it wasn’t for my confidence. That’s just being in the gym all the time and stacking hours, and also just my teammates trusting me and giving me the confidence to shoot the ball. All the work I put – all of it paid off towards the end. That was a big thing.”
With a tireless work ethic, Amey is up every day at 4:30 a.m. A pandemic was not going to stop him from chasing his ultimate collegiate and league dreams.
He was going to take advantage of the situation at hand, as while others could be sitting at home, he was out working on his craft each and every day. He was getting shots up. Touch on his shot. Ball handling. Turning weaknesses into strengths.
Because Amey wants to be in the 1% that makes it. He understands the odds of getting a college scholarship. Only 1.2% of high school basketball players make it to the NCAA. Plus, he understands the odds of those who make it to the NBA from there, as 1% of those athletes find their way to the NBA.
And he’s going to work for it with everything he’s got.
“There’s a lot of kids that play basketball out here, and you can get paid for doing something that you love, so why not work to be the best at it?” Amey said. “Why not go out and work your best, and if you don’t make it knowing that you did your best, that’s where I’m at.
“There’s only 1% that makes it, and I want to be that 1%. I know nobody works harder than me, so I’m going to keep that going and keep using that as motivation and not let anybody get in my way. The only person that can really stop me at this point is me.”
Look at what happened to Amey.
After being overlooked for so long, the college offers started coming this offseason. San Jose State was his first Division I offer earlier this month. Maine followed with an offer this past week.
It was San Jose State who won the sweepstakes, though, with Amey crediting the loyalty from San Jose State assistant Ben Johnson, who joined Tim MIles’ staff following five years at the University of Portland.
“For him to stick through and trusting me and recruiting me through each and everywhere he went – that’s a blessing, so thank you to him,” Amey said. “That’s also why I started falling in love with San Jose – just because I want to have a bond with the coaches, and for them to believe I can go past is college is huge for me, so I don’t want to stop at four years. I want to keep going after that.”
San Jose State, like everywhere else, will get everything Amey’s got. He wants to be the one people remember when they leave the gym and watch the Spartans play. He wants to improve with his teammates every step of the way.
He wants to be the one that makes San Jose State a blue blood. Like Duke. North Carolina. Kentucky. Gonzaga.
Amey is just glad to be here and grateful for everything he’s endured in the journey to becoming a Division I commit.
“I’m going to build it around, and that’s what I hope,” Amey said. “After that, my goal. I’m going to dream big. I want to go to the NBA and I want not just get there. I want to become a name and make Myron Amey known forever.”
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