According to coach Celneque Bobbitt, his Harker Heights boys basketball team will begin its hoops season this week.
It isn’t that the No. 15 Knights haven’t played games, and it certainly isn’t a slight to the Knights’ opponents thus far.
But with just one game a week to start the season, Bobbitt is ready for his team to begin playing a schedule that more resembles a basketball one.
“Now our football season’s over with and now we’re starting our basketball season,” Bobbitt said.
If Heights was a football program, it would be shooting up the polls after a fast start to the season. The Knights have sandwiched blowout victories against Austin Reagan and Waco University around an impressive last-second win against No. 11 Austin LBJ, all on the road.
The latest win, a 28-point romp against University on Tuesday, left even Bobbit, perfectionist that he is, impressed.
“It was a good win tonight,” Bobbitt said after the game. “Last couple of games, we were kind of up and down, but I think we’re coming together as a team.”
Senior guard Josh DeLaney, a Sam Houston State signee, led the Knights in scoring for the second consecutive game against University, chipping in 14 points.
But what stuck out to Bobbit was the way his team shared the ball against University, nearly to a fault he said.
“We didn’t take early shots out of the offense,” he said. “We found people when they were open.”
Bobbitt also complimented the defense but stopped short of making any overarching statements about where his team is in relation to where he hoped it’d be at this point in the season, saying it was hard to tell this early.
After all, Heights has played just three games this season, only one of which was competitive.
Bobbitt said the Knights can still stand to improve its defensive rotation and its transition defense, which will both be focal points in the coming week of practice.
But one area Bobbitt does feel he can count on with this team is depth.
“It’s been a long time to say I can play about 13 guys,” he said. “I can play 10 guys legitimately, and for every starter I’ve got a guy just as good that can come in for him.”
Bobbitt played all 16 players on the roster against University, and while that may not be a regular occurrence, he was confident in his ability to go 10 deep if necessary.
Heights may begin needing that depth soon.
After all, the Knights’ football season is over, and it is time for them to begin playing a hoops schedule again.