The Timberview boys basketball team is accustomed to turning out great players year in and year out, but one thing that a lot of high school sports fans may not realize is that the program prides itself most on producing great students as well.
The 2013-2014 campaign was a prime example of this phenomenon, as the Wolves wrapped up a bit of a down season with a 12-14 overall record, but saw five seniors accepted to college, with three having signed to play basketball.
For coach Duane Gregory, having great student athletes, not just athletes, is the most important thing.
“All five guys are going on to college, and it's something that we're really proud of,” Gregory said. “It's something we always talk about when they come in as freshman is that our number one objective when they graduate four years later is that they are going on to college.
“If they are blessed enough to play college ball, that's awesome, but what's most important is that they're college bound.”
Alex Robinson will be attending and playing basketball at Texas A&M University, Tyus Momoh will be attending and playing basketball at Cameron University, Matthew Martin will be attending and playing basketball at Eastfield College, Emmanuel Collins will be attending the University of Houston on an academic scholarship and Conner Moehring will be attending Texas State University at San Marcos.
Gregory said it is very satisfying to know that he and his coaching staff did their part to encourage these seniors to work hard and study and help put them in the best possible position to be successful in life.
“That's what it's all about,” Gregory said. “We always tell the guys that if all we do is coach basketball, than we haven't done a very good job. We try to coach life, too.
“These are the kind of guys that will come back five, seven or 10 years later, and I'm sure they will be successful in whatever they do. Whatever small part we played in that, we'll be thrilled.”
Gregory said that he cannot overstate what this group of seniors have meant to the Timberview basketball program and said they will definitely be missed.
“This has been a great group of seniors,” Gregory said. “This is a talented group that has really had to work hard and persevere through some difficult situations, and I think they have come out better people for it on the other side, and I think that has kind of set the bar for the younger guys coming up.”