PHOENIX At first, Carrick Felix needed a little time to grow into the concept of becoming a father. Who doesnt? But any questions for the Arizona State swingman quickly dissolved into a focus, a maturity and a clarity of purpose that have become evident not only on the court but seemingly in every facet of his life.
Felix is playing not only for himself and his teammates this season but also for his daughter, Zayah, who is six months old. It has been his best year.
I think everything is kind of coming into place, Felix said.
I feel like everything I do, all my daily habits, are going to reflect for her. I definitely dont want a bad name for myself, let alone for my daughter. I want to make sure I can set an example for her so when she grows up she has the ground rules of where she came from.
Felix has taken his dual role seriously. After graduating from ASU with a degree in communications, he is now enrolled in the master's of liberal studies program. He also has stepped up his...