Athlete of the Issue Q&A: Senior Hank Roll


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Senior Hank Roll passes to a teammate in a game against RM. RM would later be disqualified from playoff contention.

Senior Hank Roll has been on WJ varsity basketball for three years and has improved his game each year. Roll is a team leader this year as a senior, and has been playing at a high level consistently throughout the season. Boys’ basketball has an impressive 10-4 record this season, a great improvement from last year’s 4-16 record.

Q: How did you get into playing basketball?
A: “I got into playing basketball because my dad loved basketball and taught me the game.”

Q:What is your favorite part of being on WJ basketball?
A: “My favorite part is playing in front of my friends and family.”

Q: How many years have you been on varsity? And how have you improved during that time?
A: “I have been on varsity for three years, and I have grown to be more of a leader and show better sportsmanship.”

 Q: What is your role on the team this year as a senior?
 A: “My role on the team is to lead the team in scoring, rebounds and assists.”

Q: How is this season different than last season for you? (With a new coach, new players, etc)
A: “This season is different than last season because our coach focuses on our defense and intensity a lot more this year. We are more cohesive as a team and win more games.”

Q: What are your goals for the rest of the season?
A: “My goal for the rest of the season is to win every other game.”

Q: Do you plan to continue playing basketball in college? Why or why not?
A: “I’m not sure yet if I plan to play in college yet. I may go straight to the league.”

Q:What advice do you have for people wanting to try out for basketball?                                                 A: “Work on conditioning and getting stronger”

Q: What do you like to do outside of basketball?                                                                                                     A: “I like to read and hang with my friends”