Boys Basketball: Hasz ready to work for varsity role

Junior Cooper Hasz dribbles past an opponent during Rochelle’s sophomore basketball game against Oregon this past year. Hasz said he’s working to improve his ball handling and finishing. (Photo by Marcy DeLille)

Hub junior motivated to improve ball handling, finishing

Hub forward Cooper Hasz wasn’t satisfied with his performance on the hardwood during his sophomore basketball season this past winter. Hasz felt that he didn’t work hard enough, but with his first varsity season approaching, Hasz wants to do whatever he can to help his team.

“My goals for my junior season are to put the work in on and off the basketball court,” Hasz said. “I think I’ll have a role this season similar to the role I had last season and that role will be doing whatever the team needs from me. I felt that our team kept its composure really well last season and I think communication will be a big component for us to improve on for next season. I’d like to improve my finishing around the basket and my ball handling next season.”

Standing well over 6 feet tall, Hasz has the length to be an effective forward for the Hubs this coming season. Hasz came off the bench for Rochelle’s sophomore basketball team last season, helping the Hubs to a 24-5 record and an Interstate 8 Championship. Hasz, who first took up basketball at a young age, said he enjoys the competitiveness and brotherhood of the sport.

“I thought we did well as a team and I know we can definitely push ourselves harder next season,” Hasz said. “My expectations are that everybody will put in the work necessary for us to be a successful team once again. The bonds I’ve formed with my teammates are the best.”

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