J.P. Gaines focuses his skills on basketball and baseball

Seventh grader J.P. Gaines has been playing basketball for five years.

He still plays baseball but gave up on soccer.

“I just thought I was better at baseball and basketball than I was at soccer,” he said. “I feel like they are more competitive and I have more fun playing the two that I play now.”

Gaines said his strengths in basketball are his shooting and in baseball he said he is a good catcher.

He admits he is going to start focusing on what he feels are his weaknesses.

“I need to do a better job at dribbling,” he said. “I can’t only be a shooter. I need to be able to drive to the basket and be able to dribble to make passes. In baseball, my hitting still needs some work. I can be inconsistent at times, but other times I do pretty good.”

Gaines said his motivation comes from his parents.

“My mom and dad motivate me because they try to improve everything I do,” he said. “They help me to do better and always have my best interest.”

Gaines wears no. 21 in basketball and no. 2 in baseball.

“21 wasn’t my choice, but no. 2 was,” he said. “I just feel like no. 2 is a lucky number and I like it.”

Gaines said he looks up to San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey because of his abilities on the baseball field.

“He is a really good catcher and is good at hitting,” he said. “He has always caught my eye and I have always enjoyed watching him play.”