The first time basketball player Quincy Ford stepped foot into a traditional classroom was as a freshman at Northeastern.

As a kid, his classroom was his St. Petersburg, Fla., kitchen, where Ford and his 10 siblings were home-schooled by his strict yet fun-loving mother.

Her teaching schedule resembled a regimented pregame warm-up routine of rebounding exercises, layup lines, and defensive drills: wake-up at 8 a.m., math at 9 a.m. English at 10 a.m. and so on.

In Mrs. Ford’s class, an unfinished assignment meant no basketball practice. “If I didn’t get my work done, my mom would call my coach and tell him I wouldn’t be showing up,” her son says. “She had no shame about that.”

Ford, a second-year human services major, is the fifth of the 11 children, five of whom are still being home-schooled. For 18 years, he relished the close company of his brothers and sisters and notes, “Sometimes I wish I had gone to public school, but I loved being around my family.”

His mother gave him a prescient lesson in hard work and humility, one which he has applied both on and off the court at Northeastern. “At home, I learned to be a great brother and a great example for my younger siblings,” Ford says. “Now at Northeastern, I work hard to be a great teammate, a great friend, and a great student.”

Head coach Bill Coen agrees. “Quincy is very serious about his faith, his family, and his role on this team,” he explains. “When he walks into any room, you can’t help but be struck by his smile.”

On the court, Ford excels. Through the team’s regular season games, the 6-foot-8-inch forward averaged 13 points and six rebounds per tip-off. In January, he earned Colonial Athletic Association Conference Player of the Week honors for racking up 41 points and shooting 63 percent from the field in two Husky wins.

“This season, I’m more confident and aggressive,” says Ford, who spent the summer working on his rebounding and ball-handling skills. “Last season, I would knock down open shots off pick and rolls. This year, I have tried to seek out the mismatch and attack the basket.”

Ford is a star in the making, Coen believes. “Quincy is so talented that it looks as if he is playing the game so
effortlessly. There is nothing he can’t do on the basketball court.”

Jason Kornwitz, AS’08, is a staff writer and editor.