The Northwest boys basketball team had a strong season in 2016 due in no small part to the play of some of its younger athletes.
One such player is Avery Anderson, who as a freshman point guard was selected to the first team all-district squad as the team reached the third round of the playoffs and finished third in District 5-6A.
Coach Mike Hatch said he is impressed with what the freshman was able to contribute in his first year in the Texans’ program.
“Avery brings a lot of different things to the team,” Hatch said. “First, Avery has a very high basketball IQ. This makes him a lot easier to coach, plus he can communicate things I want done to the other players. Secondly, Avery’s enthusiasm for the game is contagious. He comes to practice every day with a smile on his face and a wanting to learn. If you’re around him, you can’t help but be the same way.”
Northwest wrapped up the regular season with a 23-12 record and defeated Allen and Duncanville in the playoffs before coming up just short in the regional quarterfinals.
Anderson, 15, said he feels confident he knows the reason.
“This season, I thought we played very well, and we worked very hard every day in practice,” Anderson said. “That’s why our team was so successful this year.”
Anderson, who also plans to join Texan Leadership, a service organization at NHS next school year, said he has some definite plans for the offseason.
“This summer I plan on working on my three ball, because defenders back up off me because I can get to the hole with ease, so they play me for the drive,” Anderson said. “Also, I’m going to work on getting stronger so I can finish through that contact.”
In order to repeat upon the kind of success the Texans enjoyed this season, Anderson said it will take a few things.
“Everyone just has to play their role,” Anderson said. “We have to work hard in practice and in the offseason. So we’ve really just got to put in that work for us to get as successful as last year.”