Success is made up of a few things. Determination. Dedication. Discipline. Additionally success happens when you have support. Whether it be friends, family, coworkers, or fans, most of us can attribute some of our success to the love and support of those around us. Meet Yosef Yacob, a determined young man who trains at the Titus Deleware location. Henok Yacob, Yosef’s bother, drives him to Titus DE from Philadelphia in order to have the best possible training so his basketball career can continue following high school graduation.
As Archbishop Carroll High School’s junior guard, Yosef averaged 14.6 points per game in the 2011-2012 season and earned a spot on the PA Class AAA Second Team. Additionally, Yosef was named to the All-City, All-Delco, and All-Catholic teams and was named to the Top 20 Juniors in the city of Philadelphia. Yosef’s summer training consists of playing for AAU teams as well as invitational teams on a national scale. Amongst his constituents in the hotbed of basketball talent that is Philadelphia, Yosef stands out and has been highly regarded as a choice basketball recruit for colleges and universities nationally.
Impressive as this all is it hasn’t come easy or without sacrifice. And not just for Yosef, but his family, too. Optimal training was a priority for Yosef and his brother drives him three times a week to the Titus DE facility to receive it. He does it all with a smile on his face and understands the impact this could have on his brother’s, and family’s, future. Dean Whetham, a coach at Titus DE, mentions “Henok has sacrificed a lot to make sure Yosef is in the best position possible to succeed. Henok (a basketball coach himself) would drive Yosef to training anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour and a half, depending on I-95 South traffic. The dedication and love from Henok did not go unnoticed by Yosef , who gave it everything he had all the time. His determination to succeed has been evident from day one.”
Henok Yacob advocates developing talent and knew that Titus was the proper place for Yosef to train. “The coaches at Titus are great, and they are very knowledgeable about where Yacob is and where he wants to be. They train him according to those goals. You can always do things yourself, like running and exercising, but they teach you how to practice the right way and really prepare you for the demands of the game.”
Yosef’s future looks incredibly bright. A mix of substantial talent, determination to achieve, and the love and support of family have him pointed towards success. Titus has been happy to serve the Yacob family and create training opportunities for Yosef, but we believe we have learned more from these two brothers than they have from us.
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