Friday, January 31, 2014
Meet Israel Hakim
Just twice this season has Hakim failed to register double figures in scoring, with a high of 37 points. He also averages just under 11 free throw attempts a contest which is remarkable considering he measures out at just 6-foot-3.
Plus, Reynoso utilizes Hakim for a specific responsibility at the other end of the floor --"he defends the best opposing player," crediting his freshman for having a special level of endurance. Very few leading scorers pull this double duty which is another element that makes Hakim special.
It's still a ways off but a query regarding Hakim's next level destination produced this answer from Reynoso: "Israel will need to work on handling the ball and shooting jumpshots over the summer."
But it's money in the bank that the former Palo Alto High talent can play at the DII level. His athleticism is of the DI variety according to Reynoso so his four-year landing spot will be predicated on skills betterment.
Meanwhile, it's up, up and away for a certain young man in Redwood City.