Final Four Players Give Glory to God

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DETROIT - Four of the nation's top college basketball teams met this past weekend in Detroit, hoping to move one step closer to a national championship.

Michigan State, North Carolina, as well as Villanova and UConn will play to determine who takes home the trophy.

Villanova's spot in the Final Four is due to a last second shot against Pittsburgh in the Elite Eight courtesy of Scottie Reynolds.

The Lord Has Given the Blessings

"I have the most fun playing basketball, but you do realize this isn't the biggest thing in the world even though it's on the -- or maybe seems like -- the biggest stage in the world. But at the same time, you do realize that the Lord has given you these blessings and you just kind of take an eternal perspective on it and maybe realize it's not the most important thing in your life," Reynolds said.

"I think every day is a blessing. You can't just feel blessed that you're in this position. You can't change anything just because you're at the Final Four. Every day is a blessing and we just feel fortunate to be here," Reynolds added.

His teammate Antonio Pena agrees.

"It's a great blessing to be here. Especially with the team I'm here with now and God put us in this spot to do best," Pena said. "Christ put us here in this position to keep playing. so it's an every day process."

North Carolina junior Deon Thompson is playing in his second consecutive Final Four and the pressure to win is no different from last year. So Thompson is trusting God.

Trusting God When the Pressure is On

"Just knowing that I don't really need to worry. Someone is always going to have my back through the ups and downs. So being in a big-time situation like this, you can just be free to play and enjoy the whole situation," Thompson said.

"Basically -- there's only One," Thompson said, referring to his audience. "That's the only standard you got to play to right there. You always think he's going to have something bigger for you, but no matter what happens on the court, no matter how bad I play, no matter how good I play -- the relationship with God is always going to be the same."

Michigan State's Travis Walton is a great defender and a fierce competitor. His coach admits he's not the best player on the Spartans, but he makes up for it in heart. And his heart belongs to God.

"It means everything. I think I wouldn't be here. A lot of people wouldn't be here not just only me, but I think it shows when you're going through adversity but that's why you continue to have faith and continue to believe that he's going to get you through things and you're going to make it through," Walton said.

'Jesus is Everything for Me'

"Jesus Christ is everything. He does everything for me. He gives me strength. He basically gives me the courage to do everything I do and you gotta give all the glory to him," he added.

Walton went on to encourage getting to know God.

"You know it's something you wouldn't trade for the world because at the end of the day, when you do leave this earth, you're soul is going to live on," he said.

"So for the kids out there to build their relationship with God and to get into the word of God because that's the best book there is out there."

When asked who Jesus Christ is to him, he quickly answered "My Lord, my Savior, my Redeemer."

"He loves me more than anybody could ever think or imagine. You know, forgive my sins…I just thank him everyday and try to glorify him the best I know how."

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Will Dawson

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