Claim to fame: In his first year in the program after moving to Harker Heights from Hawaii in June, the sharpshooting Halvorson has been in the starting rotation since Game 1 and is wearing the No. 00 jersey most recently worn by captain CJ Rodriguez and current University of Denver sophomore standout Royce O’Neale during the prior two seasons at Heights.
What’s it like to be contributing, and starting, in your first year with the Knights?
“I think of it as a blessing, but to come here ... and play against such great competition and to start is a blessing to me.”
What does it mean to you to wear the No. 00 jersey and be a similar spot-up shooter to its last two predecessors?
“I’ve heard that the “00” (is big), because Royce had it before, so it’s a great, not a burden, but it’s got a lot of legacy and I just have to carry it on and do the best I can to represent it well.”
You have good range from beyond the 3-point line, is that something you take a lot of pride in?
“Yeah. I’m not that much of an athletic person, so my whole life I’ve been working on my 3-pointers and my shot because I know that’s what could get me on the floor and playing time. ... And when I feel it, I just feel it.”
What’s it like out there among the players on the team?
“We’re still trying to find who we are, I think. We still need to build a little more chemistry, but these guys are great and I couldn’t ask for better teammates.”
Why did you move from Hawaii to Harker Heights?
“I was in Hawaii for like four years, because that’s where my dad got stationed because he’s in the military. But then we got our orders to come here and I got here in June.”
What’s that like being a military brat?
“It’s hard sometimes because you get used to a bunch of friends, and if you’re on a team you build chemistry and you play with all these friends, so it’s tough to have to leave them and keep moving and moving and moving. But it’s something I’m used to and I’m proud of what my dad does.”
How has the transition been working your way onto this team?
“There’s been some rocky points. The competition is so much faster than it was in Hawaii, and there’s things I’m still getting adjusted to, but with this team I think I can fit in well and adjust to my role.”
How much confidence do you have to be that spot-up shooter for Heights?
“Not to sound cocky, but I have as much confidence as the world. When the ball hits my hands, I’m already in position to shoot and I’m real confident in my shot.”
Coming from Hawaii, what’s been the biggest cultural adjustment for you?
“The size of everything. In Hawaii, it’s beautiful and everything, but it’s so small and there’s not that much to do. If you like going to the beach, then that’s something to do. But here in Texas, there’s so much to do and so many places to go and more people to meet.”
How are people different here in Texas compared to those in Hawaii?
“In Hawaii, some of the times people are split into groups. Like you have your locals, as we liked to call them, the people who are real prideful in their state, and if you don’t fit in with them you’re basically with the military kids. So coming here, it’s just nice to be around everybody, it doesn’t matter race, or where you’re from, you’re just a part of them.”
What’s something about you that’s unique?
“I have to say it’s my weirdness. If you get to know me, you can see how weird I am and how funny I act.”
Contact Alex Byington at firstname.lastname@example.org or (254) 501-7566