In a poll produced in the Austin-American Statesman in late 2018, the boys’ varsity basketball team was given low expectations heading into their fist season in a new district. The team felt disrespected by the article, and have used it as motivation since.
Junior guard Hayden Shields said “We looked at those standings, and we said we are going to fight and prove those people wrong.”
He also mentioned that “We knew we were better” than they made the team out to be.
Another Junior guard, Xavier Phillips, stated that “As a team we talk about is almost every day because we know what we are capable of and we know that what everyone says out there is wrong. We use it every day because we know we can be ranked. Individually, it motivates me too because to me it says they think there is no one good on this team so I see it as a challenge to prove them wrong.”
The team is off to a good start in district, including a win over basketball powerhouse LBJ.
As for facing the low expectations presented for them, the team “knew it was going to be a fight,” added Shields.
Hayden also voices that the team is seen from the outside as “underdogs,” and the team is drawing drive from that. They have gained a lot more respect from the Statesman and the new district as a whole so far, but they still have a ways to go. They would greatly appreciate students and fans showing up for home games to support their effort.
Written by: Mitchell Williams, Staff Writer