Alexandria’s Dalton Dodd has quite the legacy to live up to.
His dad, Jimmy Dodd, was on the 1992 and ’93 state championship basketball teams at Alexandria. His older brother, Cody Dodd, was The Anniston Star’s Class 4A-6A Baseball Player of the Year last spring and is now a pitcher at Jacksonville State. His stepsister, Tori Rae Stillwell, was on the Class 5A state runner-up volleyball team this past fall. He’s also related to former Oxford and current Hoover head football coach Josh Niblett. If that’s not enough, his cousin is country music singer and Jacksonville native Riley Green.
Dalton, the youngest in the family, loves having the family legacy to live up to.
“It means a lot to me,” Dodd said. “All the adults will come up to me and always ask me, ‘Are you going to be like your dad one day?’ He likes to brag about his rings.”
Dodd does a nice job living up to the legacy. He’s 6-foot-7 and is a deadly outside shooter — just like his dad was in his playing days. This year he’ll wear No. 21, which is the same number his dad wore.
Dodd already has a scholarship offer from the University of Alabama at Huntsville as a junior and expects more to come.
Dodd took a few minutes before his practice Monday to answer 10 questions with Anniston Star sports writer Will Gaines.
Question: How long have you been playing basketball?
Answer: My whole life really. My dad started me out when I was really young. He’s always worked me really hard and pushed me. I just love basketball. I love the competition.
Q: What do you do when you’re not playing basketball.
A: I’m usually always playing basketball. If I’m not playing basketball then I’m hanging out with my family. I play AAU ball in the summer. Last year was my first year. I tried to play my 10th-grade year but I broke my leg. You play against really good competition and that’s helped me a lot.
Q: Are you and your brother Cody close?
A: Oh yeah, we’re real close. We used to play basketball together and he would come out in the yard and try to bully me. He’s helped me a lot, especially with aggressiveness. In the backyard, it can get rough. I could never play baseball with him, though. He throws too hard.
Q: If you could have any celebrity’s autograph who would it be?
A: LeBron James, he’s my idol. I want to be like him one day. I try to copy his game and I love the way he scores. I’ve always looked up to him ever since I’ve watched him.
Q: How much has your dad helped you?
A: He’s helped me more than anybody. He’ll come out in the yard with me and he’ll help me learn how to shoot. He played college basketball at Enterprise so he’s always tried to teach me how to play the game the right way.
Q: No matter how old you get what’s something you don’t think you’ll grow out of?
A: I guess my childishness. I’m always joking around with people. I like to have fun with people and everybody in my family is the same way. We’re always trying to bring out a laugh in somebody.
Q: If you could live anywhere in the world where would you live?
A: I would have to say somewhere with a beach. I don’t like the cold weather. I can’t stand cold weather I’ve got to be somewhere nice.
Q: Is there a sport you’ve never played that you would like to play?
A: Golf. It seems challenging. I’ve played it before with my dad, but I’m not very good at it, though. I’m too tall, my swing is ugly.
Q: If you and some of your teammates get together, what do you do?
A: Depends on which teammates I’m hanging out with. I’ve got some that are really country and we’ll go fishing or something like that. The others I’ll just hang out with and talk about shoes, like the new Jordan’s coming out.
Q: What’s something you would like to be better at?
A: I wish I could play guitar. That’s something I’ve always wanted to be good at. My cousin is Riley Green and he gets a lot of attention playing guitar.