Austin Boys Basketball a New Season

Jeremy Flores

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The Austin’s boys’ basketball program has seen a steady rise throughout the years. Mr. Fadness has created a culture to be one of the more dominant programs in the state. Austin has made it to the state tournament five out of the last seven years. They also successfully made it to the final State game twice. The team were co-champions with Rochester John Marshall in the
‘Big 9’ conference. The boys’ basketball is loved throughout the city of Austin. Students and parents enjoy watching the team as it is known for being a highlight reel.

The team also has its own Twitter page that many fans follow to keep track of the excitement. Although Austin has been a great program in recent years, many critics say they don’t know if they will be as great as they have been in these past few years. The team, like many high school sports, has been hit hard with the graduation of many seniors, and critics say that they are unsure whether Austin can fill the big shoes they have created for themselves.
Senior Ngor Deng was asked about what he expects from this year’s season. “I expect us to do great things this year, the expectation should be set high as it has been these past few years. As for myself, I just want to help my team as much as I can.” Ngor has been getting varsity minutes since his junior season, he came off the bench and helped give a spark to the very skilled, talented Austin team. So what does Ngor think about people saying the team isn’t going to as good as they have been in the past years? He responded with, “To be honest I don’t even pay attention to that kind of stuff. Me and my guys know we’re a good squad so all of us aren’t even worried about that negativity.” Deng has been waiting all of his career to be one of the leaders on the varsity team and he knows that he has to deliver in order to capture that illustrious state title that not only he and his team has been wanting, but the city of Austin as well.

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