Name: Brandon Gripp
Athlete of the week achievement: Gripp scored a game-high 25 points and made four 3-pointers as the Golden Eagles opened the season with a 68-47 win over Bellwood-Antis on Friday night.
Season update: Gripp is averaging 25.0 points, 8.0 assists, 7.0 rebounds and 5.0 steals, shooting 53.3 percent from the field and 40.0 percent from 3-point range.
Coach George Gripp's quote: "Brandon obviously is going to be the key player for us this year. He's going to make our team go. He's our point guard. He realizes our success this year is going to start with him and how he plays."
Favorite teacher: Mr. Gruber
Favorite subject: Math
Favorite movie: "Step Brothers"
Favorite food: Chicken parmesan
Favorite song: "The Pursuit of Happiness" by Kid Cudi
Outside interests: Hang out with friends and lifting weights
Favorite professional team: Chicago Bulls
Favorite college team: UConn
Pro athlete most admired: Derrick Rose
Best athlete I ever played with: Richard Crabtree
Best athlete I ever competed against: Bellwood-Antis' Noah Davis
Most influential person on my athletic career: My dad
Proudest athletic achievement: Winning the Mountain League my sophomore year
How I got my start in basketball: "When the YMCA was still up in Tyrone, my parents got me involved in that league."
Future goal: To get a basketball scholarship and finish college