GRANDVIEW, Mo.--For Tyrone Taylor, basketball is life.
"I've been playing all my life," said Tyrone, 16. "It's really fun playing with the guys I've grown up with."
While the Grandview High School sophomore has always loved the sport, it was Grandview grad and neighborhood ball player Alec Burks who helped him realize basketball could help him get what he wanted in life.
"I would like to at least have a college education for free," said Tyrone. "Hopefully basketball can give me that. And if I can, I want to make it to the NBA."
Like Burks. The Utah Jazz selected him as a first round draft pick back in June.
"In Alec's case, he's just so talented and has so much athletic ability," said Randy Farris the head basketball coach at Grandview High. He coached Burks as well. "It was just a matter of putting him in a position where he continually worked day to day to develop his skills."
The Grandview Board of Alderman is designating November 23 as Alec Burks Day to recognize his outstanding athletic abilities. Burks is the very first Grandview High Grad to play professional basketball.
"Don't give up on your dreams," said Burks. "I'm a living testimony to that. I kept dreaming and believing and I made it come true. Don't give up on it."
That's advice Tyrone will take seriously; because even if he doesn't make it to the NBA, he has a back up dream - to be a pediatrician.