Q&A: Derek Hobbs (9)

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Derek is currently in season and working hard to achieve all his goals. He plans to continue working hard and playing for Lake Central throughout his high school years.

Madison Sandoval

Q: How does it make you feel to be the only freshman on the varsity team?
A: It makes me feel really accomplished to know my skill set is just as high as a lot of the upperclassmen.

Q: What is your biggest accomplishment in basketball?

A: Making varsity as a freshman.

Q: What are some things you do in your training that are key to your success?

A: Putting in a lot of work on my defense.

Q: What would be your ultimate achievement?

A: I would say my ultimate achievement would be to start on varsity and hopefully as a freshman.

Q: What is your biggest challenge and what do you do to manage it?

A: My biggest challenge is watching the ball and my man on defense, so I just work on it more and more and keep practicing.

Q: What are some things you believe differentiates you from some of the other players?

A:  I’m much younger than a lot of the guys on varsity. I’m faster and I’m stronger.

Q: What was the best advice given to you?

A: My eighth grade coach kept telling us to work hard, and it sounds basic, but that’s all I can really do to get better.

Q: How long have you been playing?

A: When I was two I started dribbling the ball, but I started playing for teams from Lake Central Youth Basketball in first grade and then for Clark middle school and now Lake Central.

Q: Do you play for any others teams other than Lake Central’s?

A: Yes, I play for my  Amateur Athletic Union team  SYF.

Q: What made you start playing basketball?

A: My older brother was the person who really got me started when I was young.

Q: How does it make you feel to be the only freshman on the varsity team?
A: It makes me feel really accomplished to know my skill set is just as high as a lot of the upperclassmen.

Q: What do you do during your off season?

A: I lift a lot to keep my strength up, and I will hopefully go out for track and football this year to keep conditioning.

Q: What are your biggest strength and weaknesses?

A: My biggest strength is my strength and driving to the basket, and my biggest weakness would be my shooting.

Q: How do you handle being on a varsity team and also keeping up with all your classes?
A: You just have to work hard and be good at it. Learn a lot of time management.

Q: What is your favorite part about being on this team?

A: The team is really fun to be with. It’s really fun to play with older people because it makes me better.