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Archdeacon: Skyelar — not Brad — taking flight for Wright State Raiders

Excerpt from the Dayton Daily News

By Tom Archdeacon

Mom knew best.

When he was born, he said his dad wanted to call him Brad:

“He was going to name me a Junior. His name is Brad, so I was going to be Brad. Jr.

“But my mom was like ‘Oh no! No way. We’re not naming him Brad.’ And then it just popped into her head: Skyelar. They were going to call me Skyelar.”

And with that, Skyelar Potter ended up with the perfect name.

He’s a basketball player and he’s best known for the way he can sky. That’s how it was when he was leading Warren Central High School in Bowling Green, Ky., to the Final Four of the all-class state tournament in Kentucky last March and it’s how he’s been now, in the very early stages of his freshman season at Wright State:

“He’s crazy, crazy, he jumps crazy high,” Cole Gentry WSU’s point guard said after Wednesday’s game.

Raiders head coach Scott Nagy wasn’t quite so gushing afterward, but had a similar outlook: “He just turned 18. He’s just a puppy, but he’s tremendously athletic.”

Wright State assistant coach Clint Sargent – who, by the way ,was a 1,000 point scorer in high school, is South Dakota State University’s all-time leading three-point shooter and played professionally in Germany – didn’t hold back in his assessment of Potter last month with a Xenia reporter:

“At the guard spot he is probably the best athlete I’ve had the opportunity to either play with or coach.”

‘Release for my energy’

Potter said his ability to jump – and make it one of the primary tools of his budding basketball career – is what helped save him.

“I had ADHD when I was a kid and I did all kinds of crazy, dumb stuff,” he said quietly. “In school I was just really hyper. I couldn’t sit still, couldn’t pay attention, couldn’t really control myself. I might just go run outside or something like that.”

Those are many of the symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, the neurodevelopment problem that afflicts many children.

“They finally gave me ADHD pills, but they just made me zone out,” he said. “I just sat there like a Zombie. My mom didn’t want me to take that anymore and finally around seventh grade I was able to get control of it and stop with the pills.

“The thing that helped most was sports. It gave me a release for my energy. I played football, baseball, basketball.”

Because of his leaping ability, he eventually gravitated to basketball, but in the beginning he said all he could do was jump: “I couldn’t shoot at all. It was all air balls and bricks. I was skinny and wasn’t very strong.