What Jaeton Hackley believes is the best part of basketball is probably the same for most players.
“Seeing the ball through the hoop is the best part of basketball in my opinion,” said Hackley, who is a 6-foot junior point guard at Douglas County. “Just watching that ball go through the hoop and it doesn’t matter where it’s from, a three-pointer, layup or anything.”
Hackley has been doing everything so far this season for the Huskies.
After seven games, he was leading the Continental League in scoring with a 19.9 scoring average and his 48 field goals also leads the league. He is third with 5.6 assists a game and second with 2.9 steals.
“First and foremost, Jaeton is a great young man with high character and tremendous work ethic,” said Douglas County coach Clay Comstock. “He has a tremendous ability to impact the game at both ends of the floor.
“He not only leads our team in points and assists but he also get the defensive assignment of guarding our opponents’ best scorer on most nights. He has continued to excel both on the court and in the classroom.”
Hackley has been a prominent part of the Huskies team since his freshman year.
“What has mostly improved is my shooting,” said Hackley. “When you are playing against faster and bigger guys you have to work on getting your shot off faster and being more consistent. I’ve improved on that the most and also getting my teammates involved. I am a better passer as well.
“I put in a lot of hours in the gym perfecting my shot, making it look good, and also getting in the gyms with teammates to make sure they are ready to go. I have a good group of guys around me that want to get better and work hard.”
Hackley relies on his instincts when it comes to making an assist.
“It’s a great feeling to make an assist,” he said. “Getting my teammates involved, to make a nice pass and see them make the shot gets me going too. If I can get my teammates going, we’re a pretty hard team to stop.
“It’s mainly an instinct. I can’t really describe it, when you are playing you just find other players. It’s a good feeling. I’m a pretty unselfish player but this year I’ve realized that I can take a good amount of shots and it is pretty selfish for me not to take those shots and pass them up.”
Douglas County was off to a 5-2 overall start after its first seven games this season and the team has averaged 14 wins over the past three years.
“I’m doing pretty good this season,” Hackley continued. “Getting all my teammates involved has probably been the focal point of my game. When we need a bucket or point I can always get myself going and get a spark going for the team.”
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