It is no news that most successful sportsmen and sportswomen have other professions apart from being an athlete. We’ve had athletes who served in the military, athletes who starred in movies or played a certain instrument for a band, athletes who are entrepreneurs or politicians. But a nerdy athlete like Joren Artest is one we don’t get to see every day.
Joren Artest is a star on the basketball court and nerd in-game computer science. He enjoys creating video games, and of course, playing video games. To a mere mortal, the thought of combining those two is catatonic. As you will soon find out, Joren is no mere mortal. Here is everything you need to know.
Joren Artest is Ron Artest’s Brother
Joren was born in Scottsdale, Arizona, to Jennifer Palma and former Laker star Metta Sandiford-Artest. His father had issues settling for a name. He was Ron Artest before legally changing it to Metta World Peace in 2011 and to Metta Sandiford-Artest in 2020. You will be duly updated if it changes again.
Joren has three siblings named Diamond, Sade, and Ron. He often plays basketball with his father and Ron who plays for Cal State University Northridge (CSUN). Being the son of a star player wasn’t enough motivation for little Joren, not until he started watching and playing basketball video games.
According to Joren, his mom made sure he was involved in sports as he was involved in so many.
Joren at Bella Vista College Preparatory School
Young Joren Artest played basketball for the Truth, EBO, Las Vegas Prospects, and Cal Supreme. He also played golf and volleyball in high school. With the help of his family, teammates, and idols like the late Kobe Bryant (whom he attended his final NBA game), Joren was able to make a name for himself in high school.
His high school glory includes the Grind Session National Champion and Grind Session Defensive Player of the year. His stats show he had an average of 13.1 points per game and 2.7 steals per game.
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In his sophomore year in high school, Joren had already developed his first game, “Jeronimo.” Turns out there is a silver lining to your mother taking away your video game privileges saying “If you want to play video games you will have to make yours.” The nerd also enjoys and flys racing drones.
Joren Artest is a Computer Game Science Major
Having received several college offers, Joren settled for the University of California Irvine, which has a really good computer science program, and they recruited him to compete at the championship level as a guard. It was a win-win for the young athlete.
In the 2019-2020 Freshman year, Joren played in all 32 games, making three starts with an average of 2.8 points, 1.3 rebounds, and 0.8 assists per contest. He Knocked down three triples to score a season-high nine points against UC Davis.
His Sophomore year was even more fulfilling. He played in all 27 games with 22 starts and a career-high 13 points against Bethesda, five rebounds against Cal Poly, and three steals against UCSD. Joren had an average of 4.0 ppg, 2.1 RPG, 20.0 mpg. He shot 34 percent overall and 35.6 percent from the three-point range.
With aspirations of becoming a tech startup investor and entrepreneur, the 6 foot 3 inches athlete has no intention of dropping any dream for the other. He believes without an ounce of doubt that he can and will be successful in both fields. As stated earlier, he is not a mere mortal.
Career Highs as of December 2021
Playing against Bethesda in November 2020, Joren scored a total of 13 points. He is yet to set a new record. In January 2021, he reached a total of 5 rebounds against Cal Poly, and he has offered a career-high of four assists on three different occasions.
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