VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) – Fort Vancouver senior guard, Miracle Alford-Lewis, has always been very driven to succeed.
“My freshman year, I just thought I was the best and I thought no one could guard me,” said Alford-Lewis with a smile. “And so I thought I was just better than anyone. If a coach would try to tell me to do something – or change something – in my game I would say ‘No’ to myself.”
Alford-Lewis still remembers the exact moment when he decided to turn things around.
“My junior year going into my senior year at the end of the summer … that’s when I decided to change,” said Alford-Lewis. “I just started hanging around different people that really pushed me and motivated me.”
“[Miracle] had a bad attitude towards coaches and just acted like he knew it all,” said Kyron Lowe-Ash, a Fort Vancouver senior. “At the end of last year, and the beginning of this year, he just started buying in the system.”
“If I had to compare him to any NBA player, I’d have to go with Steph Curry [from the Golden State Warriors], because of his long range shot and his [basketball] IQ,” Elijah Autry, a Fort Vancouver senior, said.
Autry said he still thinks about the time when Alford-Lewis made a basket from way beyond three-point range.
“I wish I played like Steph Curry,” said Alford-Lewis, who was born in San Francisco and grew up rooting for the Warriors. “I think it’s [being compared to Steph] because I shoot a lot of three-pointers [like he does]. I could learn from him, because he’s one of the best shooters I’ve seen.”
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“These guys are my family; they’re like [my] second brothers,” said Alford-Lewis.
“For [the] most of my life, I’ve been living with my grandparents. [I find myself] missing my Mom and Dad [because] they’re not really in the picture as much. That’s kind of an obstacle I have to overcome. I used to be this hard headed little kid, and I’ve matured myself so it’s been a miracle.”