UNION CITY, NEW JERSEY — Sometimes in life, we have to fail to succeed. Just ask Justin Howell, an aspiring esports basketball star from New Jersey.
After getting passed over in the 2019 NBA 2K League Draft, Justin doubled down. He practiced more, built a support network and changed his mindset.
What a difference a year makes.
On Feb. 22, Wizards District Gaming picked Justin, 19, in the second round of the 2020 draft. He was one of 229 players vying for 68 open roster spots in the 21-team esports league.