Thunder Mountain’s Matt Seymour has played quality minutes this season for the Falcons’ boys’ basketball squad, despite being just a freshman. The 6-foot-1 ninth-grader stressed the importance of team defense, as well as communicating on the court. Seymour is interested in a possible career in sports medicine, likes to coach middle schoolers in his free time and is an avid Georgetown Hoyas fan.
Do you play any other sports besides basketball?
“I play soccer, where I’m a goalkeeper. Last summer, I went to the (Olympic Development Program) camp and played.”
What’s one of the main differences between playing goalkeeper and playing basketball?
“As a goalkeeper, you’re pretty much the automatic leader on the field. The goalie has to communicate with his defenders to tell them to drop back and stuff. In basketball, there’s no real leader. Everybody just has to communicate.”
What do you like to do in your free time when you’re not playing sports?
“I’ve been volunteering with HoopTime, where I help coach Bob Saviers with the sixth-grade boys’ team. I also help coach the seventh-grade boys as well. I spend a lot of my time at home with my family and help out around the house, and I follow sports a lot. I like watching college basketball because they actually play defense. Georgetown is probably my favorite team to watch but I also follow the NBA. I kind of like the way the Boston Celtics run their team defense and offensive sets.”
How and when did defense become an emphasis of your game?
“Defense is pretty much everything. If you don’t allow your man to score, how are they going to win? That’s why I really try to focus on defense. I think it was in eighth grade, when we went up to Anchorage, and we just got our butt whooped, and it was just terrible because no one would play any defense. From then on, I just started trying to make defense a major priority.”
What are your academic interests?
“I’m interested in geometry and science. I really like the way labs are run in science classes, and I think I might want to study sports medicine in college. I’m planning on taking it as a class next year. I’ve always liked sports and I want to be able to stay involved in them, even if I don’t end up playing at a Division I college. I also find the muscle groups interesting.”