Two years ago, Juneau-Douglas forward Paul Tupou decided he wanted to play football for the Crimson Bears so much that he moved back to Juneau just to be on the team.
Tupou, who was born and raised in Juneau, said he moved to Anchorage as an eighth grader before returning to his hometown for his junior year.
"After I played football for the Bears, I decided I might as well try out for the basketball team," he said. "I made it and it was pretty sweet. It was a great experience making it to state, even though we lost."
Tupou is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and will serve a full-time, two-year mission trip once he finishes high school at JDHS.
"There is a lot of teaching and preaching, and I'm excited. My older brothers, my uncle and my dad have all gone and I have a cousin that's gone right now," he said. "He speaks fluent Spanish now and he didn't know any before he went on his mission trip."
After Tupou's trip, he will attend Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where he will most likely study business to prepare for his future.
"I'll probably be a business major," he said. "I've always wanted to buy a lot of land and develop it and build houses. It always seemed like a good idea to me."
Favorite Hobby: "I fish during the summer. I fish at DIPAC (Douglas Island Pink and Chum). Ever since I was a little kid, my grandfather would take me to the docks to snag fish. He was an older guy so he'd just sit in a chair and snag all day and have me tie the hooks. I got to know him really well. In 2006, he died, and I still go there every summer. That's where I hang out all summer other than football."
Favorite basketball player: "I keep up with the Jazz because I'm a big fan of Carlos Boozer. It's pretty neat to have a guy that went here to be in the NBA."
Favorite Sports Movie: "It has to be 'Remember the Titans'. It's definitely a classic sports movie. It's amazing what that guy did."
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