DEVILLE, La. (KALB) - After a few minutes watching the Buckeye boys basketball team play, it's easy to see who the Panthers go-to scorer is. Last Friday in the McDonald's Invitational tournament, junior shooting guard Alex Hockersmith poured in 34 points in a 67-51 win over St. Mary's to earn our Athlete of the Week.
"It means everything," said Hockersmith. "I'm humbled to be it and give all the glory to God. Just thankful."
When Hockersmith's shot is falling like it was against the Tigers, Buckeye head coach Morey Skluzacek says the Panthers are a tough team to handle.
"He's really fearless and he's really a competitor," explained Skluzacek. "He's always the one first to practice and last to leave. He's just one of those kinds of players that's a gym rat. That's really what it takes to be successful."
That work ethic is hard to find, but it shows on the court. Hockersmith finished with a balanced scoring attack netting four 3-pointers, nine shots from inside the arc and going 4-for-5 at the charity stripe. He had 18 first half points, including a halftime buzzer beating triple, and 16 points out of the break. Hockersmith actually outscored the rest of the team by a point.
"I just got to thank my teammates," added Hockersmith. "They always get me the ball when I'm open and give me great opportunities to do what I do. Just my coaches too, they have faith in me that gives me confidence to just put the ball in and do what I do."
On the season, Alex Hockersmith is averaging just about 20 points per game and shows no signs of letting up offensively. Everyday he's out on the hardwood trying to get better and put his team in a position to win.