ROCKFORD (WREX) — A 12-game win streak and finishing with the NIC-10 trophy in his hand, Makarious "Biggie" Luster has pictured this moment for a long time.
"Yeah I was ready, I knew we were going to make the championship. I couldn't wait, I've been waiting all week for this," said Luster. "Oh it means a lot, I'd do anything for these guys. I love them so much and to go out with them for our last game and win it, it means so much to me. I'm just glad we got this win because it's the last time I'm ever going to go out and play on the E-Rab court and it felt good to cut down the nets at the end of the day."
Luster will miss his teammates a lot, but coach Roy Sackmaster will always get Biggie's praise.
"He's done a lot for me, I got to give a lot of credit to him, not just becoming a basketball player," said Luster. "He made me become a man of life and teach me a lot of things I've never been taught before. I love him so much, I thank him for everything I do."
Likewise for coach Sackmaster, coaching an athlete like Biggie has been an honor.
"He trusted us," said Sackmaster. "That's what I can't talk about enough and appreciate enough is that he trusted us to allow him to get him better to the point to where he was a big part of that team a couple of years ago as a sophomore, to where he comes in now and he plays like a three-year varsity champion."
The nickname "Biggie" comes from a special source, his late grandmother.
"Before she passed away when I was younger she would say I have a super big head with a little body, and it stuck with the family and as I got more popular a little bit, the fans started calling me 'Biggie.' My teachers, coaches, all that, started calling me 'Biggie'," said Luster. "We did it, Grandma, I was just blessed to have her. That's what it is."
Makarious "Biggie" Luster is going out in style, finishing his career as a NIC-10 champion, while playing for his loved ones.