As most of you know, Evan Smotrycz has been blogging throughout his final season at New Hampton prep. You can find his old entries here: #1, #2. Here’s the latest from Smotrycz, recapping the Christmas break and what lays ahead for New Hampton.
Over Christmas break we had a tournament in Philadelphia. We ended up winning all 3 games pretty easily and took a championship trophy back to New Hampton. It’s not often that a player gets to play in a championship game at any level, so when the opportunity came about I was excited and ultimately glad we ended up winning. That ended the first part of the season on a high note (9-3).
Last week was our first week back from school we ended up splitting the two games we had and currently sit at 10-4. I pulled my calf in an earlier practice and it hasn’t allowed me to play the way i want to. I’m using this week to rest it because this will be the last opportunity to do so. From here on out the amount of game really picks up. We will either have the games in the week, or two followed by back to back games the next week. It won’t be easy but it will be fun, as long as we’re winning.
I have been watching a lot of Michigan games this year and definitely can see myself fitting in with what they are trying to do both offensively and defensively. As for the exact role I would fill I am unsure. I would envision myself setting and coming off screens on the perimeter and creating within coach’s offensive scheme. I am working hard in the weight room so I will be ready to defend Big 10 forwards and rebound hard on both ends. In reality I don’t know what the coaching staff has planned for me. I am just working hard now so when I get there it will be that much easier to do whatever they want me to do.