Q & A: Varsity Lions Men’s Basketball Kicks Off

Senior Taelor Hawkins, Shooting Guard, goes in for a layup. Varsity lions placed 3rd in their first basketball tournament against much bigger schools. The team hasn’t had much time to practice together, with football just ending a week earlier, but they are picking up the pace to put work into this season.

Senior Taelor Hawkins, Shooting Guard, goes in for a layup. Varsity lions placed 3rd in their first basketball tournament against much bigger schools. The team hasn’t had much time to practice together, with football just ending a week earlier, but they are picking up the pace to put work into this season.

The Mane Post sat down with Head Coach Richie Alfred and Seniors Taelor Hawkins, Shooting Guard, and Jerry Davis, Center, for a look into their upcoming season beginning Dec. 12th.

Q: What do you expect for this year?
Alfred: “I think it’s going to be an interesting year. We are ranked top 10 in the state, I’m not sure if we are deserving of that or not, but time will tell. Our district is a lot more competitive this year so we will see what happens.

Q: What are your strengths and weaknesses for this team?
Alfred: I think we are a good defensive team. We are also very quick and a good shooting team. We do not have a lot of size on our team, or depth.

Q: What teams are you expecting to be a struggle?
Alfred: I think our district is going to be more competitive this year than other years. Colleyville Covenant, Lake Country Christian School, and Pantego Christian Academy are all ranked top 10 in the state. So we are going to have to step our game up.

Q: What do you think is a big game to show up for?
Alfred:  All games. Especially district games, though. All district games are equally as important, as they could determine if we get into playoffs or not.

Q: What do you think this year has in store for you and your team?
Davis: With it being my first year here, I don’t know my team well, but I’ve heard good things about our basketball program so I’m excited.

Q: Is basketball your main sport?
Hawkins: Basketball is my main sport because I have been playing since I was 4, and I have been very successful with it throughout my life. I feel I can get to the next level and earn scholarships which will bless me with school. Although it’s my passion, I still am keeping options open for football due to the successful year we had.

Q: What are you looking forward to this year in basketball?
Hawkins: The whole year, really. More specifically though, I’m excited to lead this year as a senior.

Q: What do you expect for this year?          Hawkins: I expect an eye opening year. Now that we lost a couple players alot of rumors have been spreading that grace prep is not as good as we were last year. We are an undersized team and our tallest player is about 6’4. But just like football, we have a  lot of heart and dedication to our team.

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