The Colleyville Heritage boys basketball team has started off district play with a bang this season, and a big part of the offensive production has come from a rather unlikely source.
Freshman phenom Niko Bossinakis has been a leading scorer for the Panthers so far and helped lead Heritage to two wins in its first three district contests.
Coach Stephen Hamrick said that he has been impressed with the effort he has seen from his freshman guard and said that he is a great player to coach.
“He brings energy and enthusiasm, and he has a very good work ethic,” Hamrick said. “He has a real passion for the game, and you can see it when he plays. One of the things that people don’t see is his great work ethic.
“That is not just during our athletic period and during the week at practice, but the extra hours he puts in. He works very hard on his game and strives to be the best that he can be night in and night out.”
Bossinakis averaged 14 points per game in his first three district games, leading the team in scoring in all three contests, with 16 points in a 49-46 victory over L.D. Bell.
Bossinakis is certainly making his presence felt on the court, but Hamrick said he is not putting any added pressure on the ninth grader to provide leadership this season.
“We just want him to be the best he can be,” Hamrick said. “He’s coming in and finding his way, and he knows that his team needs him, and he just produces in that way. He has a knack of putting the ball in the basket, and he knows when this team needs a lift with energy and enthusiasm. He just cuts loose and plays and gets after it.”
Hamrick said it is a great feeling to have a player like Bossinakis who is producing at such a young age.
“The 6A basketball level is very tough,” Hamrick said. “One of the things that is very tough and very different when you come in is the way that people prepare for you. So, when people are preparing for him, they knew about him, but they didn’t spend three days trying to prepare and take away things that he does best, and he has been able to adjust his game and still be able to produce at a high level.”