Actualizado: 27 may 2020
The sports talent that exists in the coastal regions of our country is incalculable, from a young age the athletes of different disciplines understand that the opportunities sports offers academically and professionally can help them to go out of their regions to create a better future for them and their families. That is Yesid Mosquera’s case, a 22 years old Colombian Basketball player born in Quibdó, Chocó, that on his way to become a professional player has had the privilege to overcome many obstacles and is currently on his last stage as an amateur player of the NCAA DII, being on his 3rd year at the University of Virginia college at Wise to which he attends with a basketball scholarship.
He began his sports career in Quibdó when he was twelve years old, with his talent and great physical capacity managed to get the attention of the UBC Club who did everything to bring him to live in Bogotá. While there he was able to represent Cundinamarca in several national competitions and at the end of the year 2012 managed to go to the United States with the help of Mauricio Ducuara and Thomas Díaz (men’s national team coach) who were leading the club at the moment. His arrival in the country with the best basketball in the world had many challenges, the adaptation to the language, the food, the climate and the level of play were given progressively. Yesid spent 4 years at Carlisle High School in Martinsville, Virginia, a team that was in the national rankings during his first two seasons and was led by Thon Maker (NBA Milwaukee Bucks player) achieving in 2013 a state championship.
During this stage he also participated in the Adidas Nation camp and was part of the Felton team in the AAU summer tournaments, a team that is part of the under Armour Circuit and operates under the direction of Frederick Cannon. Among his DI college offers and interests were Appalachian State, Winthrop University, Furman University (which would be verbally committed prior to his senior year) but its final decision was to accept one of the 12 DII offers he had and play for the University of Virginia at Wise in which within his perspective would have the opportunity to develop better in sports and academics.
We have looked for Yesid to share with us some of his best moments, preferences and sports career, so you get to know him even more.
AT WHAT AGE DID YOU START PLAYING BASKETBALL?
At 12 years old.
WHAT SPORT LESSONS DO YOU APPLY IN YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE?
That anything worthwhile in life will be difficult and requires sacrifice and discipline.
WHAT CAREER ARE YOU STUDYING?
DO YOU THINK PERFORM ON THAT PROFESSION?
Yes! I love basketball, it changed my life for good and I expect to keep on using it like springboard to be a better professional, both academically and basketball wise...I plan to continue with my studies, hopefully gets my master's degrees and eventually a PhD.
WHO DO YOU THINK ARE THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE INSPIRED YOU THE MOST ON A PERSONAL LEVEL? WHAT IS THE MOST VALUABLE THING YOU'VE LEARNED FROM THEM?
Definitely my parents. My mom and dad in Quibdó since I was very young, they instilled values on me, which so far thanks to that and to almighty God, I have made it this far. They are my daily motivation; my family is the reason why I wake up everyday willing to overcome any obstacles and put in the work to be in a position to give back to them.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD?
My favorite food is chicken, in all its presentations, he says smiling. Arroz con Longaniza -Rice with Sausage (Chocó typical dish) and lentils.
WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR FREE TIME/HOBBY?
I like to read, talk through FaceTime with my family and listen to music.
WHAT PLACE OF THE WORLD WOULD YOU LIKE TO VISIT? WHY?
The list is long (smiles), because I love to travel and learn about different cultures. Countries in the Middle East like Jerusalem; In UAE, Dubai and parts of Europe such as Paris, Barcelona, among others.
WHICH HAS BEEN THE MATCH OR SPORTS EXPERIENCE THAT YOU REMEMBER THE MOST, REPRESENTING THE COLOMBIAN BASKETBALL TEAM?
I remember a match with the Colombian Basketball Team when we were in Uruguay, in a U-17 tournament where we lost against Brazil by 1 point and I also remember my first game with the senior national team in Venezuela.
WHICH HAS BEEN THE MATCH OR SPORTS EXPERIENCE THAT YOU REMEMBER THE MOST PLAYING ON UNITED STATES?
In the United States there are several games I remember, there is two special high school games that I recall. The first one was playing against Harry Giles (who was considered one of the top recruits of the nation and is currently playing for Sacramento Kings) which we had a head to head match up in my Junior year and the other one was on my Senior Year were I scored 32 points on the home opener. Other memorable game happened last year, when we were in Cleveland playing against one of the best teams in our league, there I scored the final three in regulation to force the OT and ended up scoring more than 10 points in overtime to take the road win.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO THE NEW GENERATIONS WHO WANT TO PLAY BASKETBALL IN COLOMBIA?
The advice I would give to future generations is: Prioritizing is important when you really want something, the work ethic and the faith in God are keys in my personal experiences, it has always exceeded the talent. DREAM, that dreaming is worthwhile but be aware that opportunities both in life and in sports are rare and should be exploited to the maximum.