NRCS's Stanton happy about his season
For a high school basketball player numbers like 1,000 points and 500 rebounds are something you strive for.
They are milestones you work your whole career for and milestones that few players are able to achieve.
To get either number is a big deal.
To get both numbers is extremely special.
To accomplish both in the same game is something you rarely see happen.
However, that's what happened for North Rome's Nick Stanton as he got both his 1,000th point and 500th rebound in a game earlier this year.
"I didn't even realize I was close on the rebounds so that was a little bit of a surprise," Stanton said.
Going into this season the North Rome senior knew he was closing in on 1,000 career points.
"I knew I was probably 70 or 80 short at the end of last year, so this year a couple of games in I knew I was close," he said.
Even when he reached the milestones Stanton wasn't aware he had gotten his 500th rebound.
"I didn't know until they presented it to me the next game," he said.
While 500 rebounds wasn't ever on his mind, the 1,000 points is something that Stanton had thought about.
He tried not to let it impact him when he played, but it was in the back of his mind.
"I didn't think too much in games about it," he said. "I don't keep track of points in a game, but when I'd get home I'd see and know I was that much closer."
When he reached the milestone it was a bit of a weight lifted off Stanton's shoulders.
"It was good, it helped me clear my mind," he said.
Stanton wasn't the only North Rome player to get his 1,000th point this year as Cristen Mosier reached the same milestone on the girls team earlier this year.
"Cristen and I have always been neck and neck," Stanton said. "I knew we would get it close to the same time. It's really nice that we both got it."
When Stanton started playing basketball he never imagined the day would come that he'd be talking about numbers like 1,000 points or 500 rebounds.
"I was always told I had some natural talent, but I never thought I'd have this much success," he said. "Everything I have done is because of what God has blessed me with."
This year has been different for Stanton as he has been adjusting to being a senior and to a team that has lost some talented players to graduation the past few years.
"We have a good team, a lot of people have stepped up," Stanton said. "We lost a few close games, but everyone has played hard. I just want to make the most of my senior year."
With his high school career nearing an end Stanton is starting to think about playing in college.
"A couple of schools have called, I might try and walk-on somewhere," Stanton said.
Stanton knows that coming from North Rome and the league they play in it's hard to get noticed, but he knows there are might be some opportunities there if he wants to play in college.
However, no matter what, Stanton knows he will continue to play basketball in the future.
"I will definitely look into some adult summer leagues, I will keep playing," he said.