Guma Wabwire, a fourth-grader at Olentangy's Oak Creek Elementary School, has dreams of becoming a professional basketball player.

Guma is just 9, but he stands around 5-foot-2, making him the tallest player on his Olentangy Youth Athletic Association team.

But if a career in the NBA doesn't work out, Guma is working on a backup career as a sports reporter -- and he's already got some air time for his resume.

Guma was chosen as one of five Cavs Kids Club Jr. Reporters, a group tasked with interviewing players, coaches and other people around the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA organization.

The process began last summer, when Guma submitted a 60-second video explaining why he wanted to be a Jr. Reporter. He saw a commercial for the Jr. Reporter tryouts and said he instantly knew he wanted to try out.

"I just love the Cavs so much," he said. "I thought, 'A reporter? That's so cool.' So I was like, 'I want to do it, Mom.' "

When his video earned him a spot in the top 10, he interviewed Cavs' hype man and master of ceremonies Ahmaad Crump, and was chosen as the youngest of the five winners.

Tori Carras, senior fan-development coordinator for the Cleveland Cavaliers, said the Jr. Reporters are able to "cover a wide range of Cavs events," from community-relations events and official fan-club outings to games and player appearances.

Guma made his debut Sept. 24 at the Cavs' media day, where he interviewed Tyronn Lue, the head coach at the time, and players J.R. Smith and Collin Sexton.

He said he loved talking to each of the three men, but interviewing Lue particularly was intimidating.

"I've never talked to a real professional basketball coach," he said.

Adding to the stress of his debut, Guma wasn't told who he would be interviewing until five minutes before. He said he spent the whole night before media day planning questions, but he wasn't sure who he'd be asking.

He said he was happy to get Sexton, a rookie, so he could ask him about his coast-to-coast buzzer-beater earlier this year to beat Texas A&M when he played for Alabama.

"Being on TV is a really cool experience," he said.

After he had spoken to a few Cavs, Guma said, he loved his Jr. Reporter job.

"I like that I get to interview the players and meet people associated with the Cavs," he said. "I like to play basketball, and those players are really good."

Since then, Guma has been studying up.

He said he likes to watch ESPN basketball coverage, but particularly likes the "Inside the NBA" crew on TNT.

He said he prefers those networks because they have reporters and analysts who were basketball players before their careers on television, and that's the career arc he'd like to have, as well.

Guma said he is hoping to ask one of the players -- maybe even his favorite, Kevin Love -- what other sport he would play if he weren't playing basketball.

He made his debut in Quicken Loans Arena, home of the Cavs, last weekend in the team's Dec. 8 win over the Washington Wizards.

At the game, he sat courtside, met new head coach Larry Drew and fellow reporters covering the Cavs, and even got to ask a question at the postgame press conference.

Back at Oak Creek, Guma said he has enjoyed talking to his friends about his budding journalism career.

"They're really surprised I'm a reporter," he said. "Nobody else at school has had this experience."

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