June 21, 2009

Two-sport star makes mark in Austin

When Humble (Texas) Atoscocita athlete Everett Pleasant headed to Austin this week for the Texas Elite basketball camp, there was a sense of calm that he hadn't been able to enjoy a few days earlier at the Texas football one-day camp

While Pleasant is a veteran of past basketball camps at Texas, his trip to the 40 Acres on June 14th represented the first time he had attended a football camp of any kind.

At 6-5, 215 pounds, Pleasant is one of the top athletes in the state for 2011, but that doesn't mean he's at a point in his athletic development where a case of the jitters don't pop up on occasion.

"The Texas football camp was the first football camp I had ever been to," Pleasant said. "At first, I was really nervous because it was my first camp. When we were in the bus driving over, the guys were giving me a hard. But, once I got there I eventually started do my thing."

According to Pleasant, the Longhorns gave him some special attention on his visit and it certainly left a good feeling.

"Coach (Major) Applewhite showed me around and it was a lot of fun and I really had a lot of fun," Pleasant said. "I did my best while I was there and I thought everything went really well."

After settling down and emerging as one of the top athletes at a camp that featured a large number of the state's top prospects in 2011, Pleasant headed over to Cooley-Pavilion this week to take part in Rick Barnes' Elite Camp.

"I go to the basketball camp there every year, so that was nothing new to me," Pleasant, who will play in the Peach Jam AAU Tournament later this summer, said. "I did well. I'm friends with Sheldon (McClellan) and I'm teammates with Julien Lewis. Those were really the best players that were there, along with Zach Peters and Winston (Shepard). It was fun to play with all of those guys."

As far as recruiting is concerned, Pleasant knows that he might have to make a decision between the two sports when push comes to shove in the coming 12-18 months, but he's not quite ready to cross that bridge.

"To be honest, I can't answer that right now," Pleasant said "I do think that I have a really big advantage in football because you can't find too many 6-5, 215-pound wide receivers. I know that."

When it comes to discussing favorites, Pleasant has two that stick out - one in each sport.

"With football there's only one and that's Texas. That's the school I like," Pleasant said. "With basketball, I love U.Conn. That's the school I've been dreaming about playing at my entire life."

As a sophomore last season, Pleasant caught eight passes for 106 yards, while averaging nearly 15 points per game on the hardwood.


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