Royal Valley point guard puts mental health before basketball and returns home for final year

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HOYT, KS. (KSNT) – Nahcs Wahwassuck is the all-time leader in points and assists in Royal Valley School history.

After a great junior year, Wahwassuck was recruited and invited to play for Link Prep Academy in Branson, Missouri. The opportunity seemed too good to pass up.

“To be from a small school where I don’t really get recruited or get a lot of publicity, and to go to a school that plays on ESPN, that’s a huge man,” Wahwassuck said.

So, he packed his bags and moved to Branson to join Link Academy.

“He always had bigger dreams of playing basketball at the highest level possible, so we felt the opportunity to attend the academy was a good opportunity for him to pursue,” said Raphael Wahwassuck, the Nahcs’s father.

After illness, injury and a few months away from home, her parents noticed something was wrong.

“We had some concerns because some of the way he spoke didn’t quite sound like himself,” Raphael Wahwassuck said.

Wahwassuck found himself in trouble, not on the basketball court, but with his sanity.

“It just got to the point where I wouldn’t want to do anything during the day,” Wahwassuck said. “I would just be really down on myself, kind of for no reason.”

He made the decision to return home, leaving behind an opportunity to put his own well-being first. He is grateful to have realized the severity of his struggles.

“It could make you do something that could take you off the ground,” Wahwassuck said. “I don’t want that on anyone. Everyone deserves to live a happy life. You shouldn’t live the miserable life.

Due to KSHSAA eligibility rules, he wasn’t even sure he could play his senior season.

“It didn’t really matter to me,” Wahwassuck said. “I just wanted to be home with my people and be comfortable again, and just be able to be happy with everyday life, even if it was without basketball.”

For the first time in his life, basketball had taken over the back seat.

“It showed how important it was to him that he was willing to take that risk, if he wasn’t able to play, just to be here with the people he knew who would support him,” he said. said Chris Brown, Royal Valley University boys basketball. coach, said.

The coaches and players were more than happy to welcome Wahwassuck to the team and were ready to support him in any decisions he made, Brown added.

Unfortunately, Wahwassuck had to watch the first five games of the season from the sidelines. When he was finally cleared to play, he was back on the pitch as fast as he could.

“When they said yes, it was just a huge relief off my shoulders,” Wahwassuck said. “I didn’t know how to feel, so I came to the gym and got injections. Basketball, man, it’s taken me a lot of places and I’m just super grateful to get to play that game again.”

He hopes other people can learn from his story.

“Life can be taken from you at any time of the day,” he said. “Living happily. It’s the best way to live. If you’re feeling insecure, don’t be afraid to tell someone. Just know that it’s okay to be unwell.

The Panthers are 13-0 to start the year and one of the best 3A teams in the state. Wahwassuck recruitment is still open.

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