Expectations high for Laurel Hill boys

Published: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 05:54 PM.

"He's the one that really sets the tempo for everything. He is what you would call a true point guard, senior leader."

 Junior Max Smith is another versatile player that can score in transition or with a smooth jump shot. Smith is fearless in taking the ball to the basket and poses as a threat in many ways.

Two freshmen, T.J. White and Bryson Cooper, have made an impact on the team. Cooper has earned a starting position, but Zessin warned that White could take the spot from Cooper or another of his teammates.

Zessin isn't a coach to compare teams, but he does see some similarities in this team with his 2006 club that played for the Class 1A state championship. The 2006 Hoboes were led by senior Brad Reese who now plays professional basketball in Europe.

"I hate to compare teams and it's early right now," he said. "There are some common characteristics in both of those teams. But this year's team is a lot younger than we were in 2006."

Some of the characteristics the teams share are versatility, the ability to apply constant pressure and the willingness of the players to work.

Zessin isn't ready to claim a state championship or a district championship as November turns to December.

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