By Hardaway Family
An aspiring athlete at Millington Central High school, Erius Hardaway was confident that he would continue his passion for basketball his senior year.
The hard work he applied from the previous three years came to a screeching halt his senior year at MCHS. Hardaway was cut from the basketball team during the 2012-2013 preseason. Hardaway’s father was informed the reason his son didn’t make the team was because he did not play defense well and could not remember the plays.
Hurt but not deterred, Hardaway, a 2013 graduate of MCHS, continued to receive encouragement, love, and support from his family. He continued to work out to perfect his passion for basketball. Coach David Rodriguez of two-time NBA champion Mike Miller’s M33M AAU team started working with Hardaway individually and saw his determination and tenacity to excel. Under Rodriguez’s tutelage, Hardaway tried out and made the M33M AAU basketball team and traveled extensively showcasing his talent and love of the game.
As a result, Hardaway had three offers to play basketball. Out of the three, he chose to continue his basketball at Tennessee Temple University with a major in Mass Communications and Broadcasting. Hardaway deeply appreciates the coaching staff and the opportunity TTU has afforded him. TTU saw Hardaway’s defense, unselfishness and a knowledge for the game.
Besides his passion for basketball, Hardaway was a very active student at MCHS. He was a member of the Chamber Choir (Bass 2) which traveled to sing at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Hardaway was a manager of the Media Concepts Class which produced the weekly broadcast “Trojan TV”, Young Life, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, ROTC, member of the Drama Club performing in the hit stage play “Dream Girls.” And he served as a member of the Student Government .
Hardaway’s school activities did not hinder his active involvement in his local church, Dominion Christian Center, where he actively served in the Media and Youth departments. Hardaway’s hobbies include video graphing and being a disc jockey.
Hardaway always remembered what his dad repeatedly said to him “If you can believe it, you can achieve it!”
Erius future is HIS-STORY.