Bartlesville’s Shane Simpson & Adam Nakvinda – Basketball Captains Q&A – Presented by Tulsa Bone & Joint

VYPE: How long have you played basketball and what got you started?

Simpson: Since the second grade. My dad played in high school so he was the one who got me started.

Nakvinda: I have played and been around basketball my whole life. My mom used to be a coach and she coached my oldest and youngest sister and also taught me everything she knows, so just being around it made me form a passion for the sport.

VYPE: Who is your favorite college or professional player?

Simpson: Luka Doncic and Dirk.

Nakvinda: My favorite NBA player is Tyler Hero.

VYPE: What is your favorite memory in your sport so far?

Simpson: Playing in the ConocoPhillips Arvest tournament my freshman year against a very talented Carl Albert team.

Nakvinda: There are too many good memories to think of just one, but my best memories were during summer AAU ball.

VYPE: Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Simpson: I don’t really have any rituals.

Nakvinda: One pregame ritual is listening to music and being thankful for all my blessings.

VYPE: Which team or tournament are you most excited to play this season?

Simpson: Booker T because that’s the best competition and it’s fun playing against really good teams.

Nakvinda: I’m excited to play Union again for our last game so we can show how much we will have improved.

VYPE: What are some personal goals you have for the season?

Simpson: Make it past the first round of playoffs.

Nakvinda: A few of my personal goals are to be our leading scorer, average at least 8 rebounds, and to shoot over 75% from the free throw line.

VYPE: Which of your teammates do you expect to have a big season?

Simpson: Adam will be extremely crucial for the success of our team. I think he’s going to have a phenomenal year.

Nakvinda: I expect Shane to be a great leader but also I think Cole Hicks will step up and score a lot for us.

VYPE: Who has been your biggest supporter?

Simpson: My dad has always been my number one supporter. He taught me just about everything I know.

Nakvinda: My biggest supporter is definitely my mother. She has been there for me after every game and has told me how good or bad I did every time. 

VYPE: What are your plans after high school?

Simpson: If I get a chance to play somewhere I would be extremely grateful, but if not I’m most likely going to go to UCO and double major in education and psychology.

Nakvinda: After high school I want to play ball but if that doesn’t work out I might look into a degree for architecture.