Celneque Bobbitt II
Claim to fame: The son of longtime Knights head coach by the same name, Bobbitt II is already making an impact as a 6-foot-6 starting post for Heights (11-5, 1-1 8-5A). The 15-year-old is already being heavily recruited by several nationally relevant Division I programs and was invited to the prestigious 2012 John Lucas Midwest Invitational Camp this fall as one of the nation’s top 40 sophomores.
What’s it like getting so much playing time on varsity as a sophomore?
“It’s great. I’m just waiting for my name to be called, and getting in there and producing.”
How much pressure do you put on yourself, even as a sophomore, to produce right away?
“I put a lot of pressure on myself because, like Coach Bobbitt says, the guards have had the most pressure on them and he said we have no posts, so I put the pressure on myself to go play hard every game, get every rebound and try to be the post this team needs.”
What’s it like playing for your father?
“It’s kinda hard, because you don’t know which side he’s on, if he’s the coach or if he’s your dad. But we’re starting to get that bond together, like I know in the gym, he’s my coach, but when he’s talking to me on the ride home, he’s my dad. It’s getting better.”
Your father is quite the vocal coach out there. Do you ever get any ribbing or jokes from friends or teammates about it?
“All the time. All of them are jokers and they just love to make fun of me and my dad. It’s just the usual.”
Have you ever laughed when your dad becomes particularly vocal on the floor?
“It just depends on what we’re in. Sometimes if we’re up and I’m on the bench, listening to him yell is funny, but when I’m in and he’s yelling, it’s a serious time and I have to be ready to play.”
Your father is fond of reminiscing about his heydays at Killeen and growing up around here. Do you hear a lot of that as his son?
“I hear them all the time. I feel like I know them like the back of my hand. Like when he starts yelling in practice and he brings us all in, I know here comes one of his stories. So I just get ready for it.”
What’s your favorite Bobbitt story?
“My favorite is when he was in practice at Haynes (Elementary) and he had the ball and just kept getting it blocked and blocked and blocked every time. And then he went to one camp and it changed his whole game and he learned how to shot fake. It was funny because he says, ‘I got him up and I ran right into him, and my friend flew right into the ball,’ and he was like, ‘Oh you learned a new trick.’ That’s his story.”
We know what he’s like on the court, but how’s your dad at home?
“He’s laid back. He’ll crack jokes here and there but when it rolls around 10-11, he starts to get ready and prepared for practice tomorrow.”
This year’s Knights team is kind of young, with a lot of underclassmen like yourself leading the way. What’s that like to be part of?
“We’re a young team so we’re just going to take our punches early and then we’ll know that when it comes down to (next year), we’re going to be playing a lot better and we’re going to have it down pat.”
How much is chemistry and rhythm still an issue among the younger players?
“It’s kind of hard, not really, but some people just don’t want to get into it.”
It’s the holidays. Is there something you asked for Christmas this year?
“A free throw shot. That’s all I want. So I’m going to start listening to (my dad) and get that free throw down pat.”
What’s your favorite Christmas memory?
“My favorite Christmas memory was waking up one year and I had asked my mom and dad for this awesome stingray, a little bike, and right when I woke up — and it was before the whole family got up — I snuck in there and looked in. I was so surprised and wanted to just jump on it and start riding it. But I didn’t want them to know I’d already seen it so I just went right back to bed.”
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