Choctaw’s Mackenzie Crusoe – Athlete Spotlight Presented By BancFirst Choctaw

Mackenzie Crusoe has had a very successful basketball career that took off in the first grade. Once she reached middle school, she began spending her summers in the gym playing AAU basketball. She has been able to obtain many achievements any athlete would want. Her team has won a state title, she has been named MVP of a tournament and most importantly, she was one of six Oklahoma players to be nominated for the McDonald’s All-American game. This hard work and success has prepared her for the next step in her basketball career as she is very excited to attend East Central University and become a Lady Tiger.

Crusoe’s role on her team has grown as she has gotten older and now, during her senior year, she is the team captain. She gives a lot of credit to the leaders she had as a younger athlete and what she learned from them to help her become the leader she is on her team. Not only is Crusoe a leader on the court, but also in her school by being actively involved in STUCO, NHS and FCA.

When asked about a lesson she has learned over her many years of basketball, Crusoe said, “It has taught me different leadership roles, how to handle adversity, and take criticism.” She has used these lessons both on and off the court.

Crusoe spends a lot of her time playing basketball or helping with school functions. When she isn’t doing one of those two things, she likes to keep herself busy by spending time hanging out with friends and traveling.

Crusoe’s favorite part about the game is the excitement it brings her each time she steps on a court. “Whether it is me scoring or my teammate, I get excited that we were able to make and finish a play. I also love the memories basketball brings, just because there are so many fun things that come along with the sport.”