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November 2019

Anthony Hamilton Jr: Track & Field Athlete of the Week

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Anthony Hamilton Jr. is living proof that it’s never too late to become great at
something new. Although he’s currently one of the most recruited, record breaking
NCAA track and field athletes, Anthony surprisingly only began thinking of the high jump
since completing his first year of college. A Los Angeles native, Anthony attended
Leuzinger High School, where he made waves with his skills on the basketball court.
His high school program has been known for producing star athletes since Russell
Westbrook graduated there in 2005. After receiving multiple college offers, Anthony,
“played one year of college basketball at the University of La Verne.” The following
“year was [his] first year trying to high jump.” Once he realized how innately skilled he
was, Anthony started track and field and never went back. It’s no surprise that Anthony
gravitated towards the high jump—he could dunk when he was 14 and only 5’9”. He
noted, “I never did track in high school, but when I quickly learned and broke the
University [of La Verne] record, I had the opportunity from multiple D1 schools such as
Duke, Florida State, Clemson, Texas A&M. Becoming a Division 1 Athlete is what made
me choose track over basketball.” This choice has lead Anthony to immense success in
the world of track and field.

Anthony vividly recounts signing with Clemson, which, according to him, is his
“favorite sports memory.” He’s part Clemson’s graduating class of 2021, where he
majors in sociology and has now been doing track and field for almost two years. In that
period of time, he received NCAA 1st Team All-ACC Honors, broke the record for the
Venice Beach Bell Touch, and raised his high jump to a staggering 2.13 meters.
Anthony has been able to achieve such great heights in a short amount of time through
grueling, deliberate practice. During our interview, he stated that his “it-factor” is his
combination of “leadership, aggression, determination, and ambition.” With
achievements like his, it’s clear that this is the case. When asked with which pro athlete
he was most similar, Anthony said that he “shares Lebron James’ work ethic and drive.”
Their desires are similar, as well: Lebron’s goal is to be the best basketball player in the
world, while Anthony’s biggest dream is to become “the highest jumper in the world.”
This goal is ambitious, but entirely within Anthony’s reach, as he has already achieved a
55 inch max vertical, just a few inches shy of the world record.

When he’s off the track, Anthony enjoys watching “All-American” and listening to
Nipsey Hussle. He also keeps his basketball IQ up by playing 2K with his friends. When
he’s not enjoying his free time or training for the track, Anthony works for the Adidas
Corporation. Anthony still finds the time to play basketball, “his favorite sport,” as well.
He belongs to a dunking team called Dunkademics, “a group that works together as the
best dunkers on social media.” Here, Anthony translates his ups from the high jump
back into his basketball play by putting in monster dunks. Anthony often uses the Press
Sports App to post his dunking and high jump highlights. He stated, “the app is an
amazing outlet to gain exposure for content, recruitment, and another avenue to help
people make it to the next level. It’s a great app that helps younger and older athletes
interact.” To view Anthony’s highlights and give him support, fans can follow him on the
Press Sports App @hamilt0njr and on Instagram and Twitter @hamilt0njr.

Milan Tolentino: Baseball Athlete of the Week

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With the crowning of the recent World Series champions, baseball fans can now turn their attention to new, exciting prospects. Milan Tolentino, star shortstop for the Santa Margarita Catholic High School graduating class of 2020, is a name that often comes up in discussion. Milan’s unique athletic abilities have garnered over 20 college offers, including a commitment to play at UCLA, where he hopes to study government. It’s easy to see why schools have taken notice: as a Junior, Milan lead his team to victory in the Southern California State Championship. In regards to the game he stated, “it was most memorable because the team really came together throughout the year and proved who we were. Although we weren’t supposed to be a good team, we overcame the status quo and won through hard work.” Milan also played in Korea for team USA. Due to his stellar performance, Milan has earned the #7 shortstop and #43 overall ranking in the country for the class of 2020. His impressive rankings are matched by his excellent 3.5 GPA.

It stands to reason that Milan would excel in baseball, as his father, “who was born in Mexico City and crossed legally in high school to play baseball.” Milan’s heritage is an important part of his life; when asked what makes him unique as an athlete, he noted, “I am a Latino player born in the USA.” Milan’s favorite athlete, Francisco Lindor, is another Latin American shortstop. Similar to “Mr. Smile”, Milan has a “thin frame with powerful tools: speed, arm strength, and a powerful bat are all part of [his] game.” The thing that we admire most about Milan is that first and foremost he is a team player. Yes, he’s got a great glove and a ton of footage to show for it, but he always picks up his teammates and acts on behalf of others. This is going to take him very far in both his baseball career and life in general. When he’s not making plays the diamond, Milan loves to play soccer with friends on weekends because it’s what his dad’s family grew up playing. Milan also likes to go to the beach, hangout with friends and enjoy the California weather.

Milan’s biggest dream in life is to “make it to the big leagues.” With his skills and work ethic this is undoubtedly an attainable goal. Outside of being a pro baseball player, Milan stated “I could see myself raising a family and working in the front office of a big league club.” Although, hopefully for baseball fans, this won’t be the case. Milan has put himself in the position where, with some hard work and dedication, he could one day be a shortstop playing at the World Series. Milan uses the Press Sports App to post his highlights and keep up with other star players. He stated that he enjoys using Press Sports because the app “helps the community build their fan base and are always open to requests from the public and kids.” To learn more about Milan and watch his highlights, follow him on Press Sports and Instagram @milantolentino, and follow him on Twitter @milan_tolentino.

Article by Press Sports Analyst Adam Davault