Posted On: 10/23/15 1:30 AM

The energy from Matteo Busnardo is streaming through during a phone conversation.

Basketball season is ticking ever so close, and you better believe Busnardo has the date circled on his calendar.

“December 1st,” he says. “I can’t wait.”

Busnardo has reason to be excited. Coming off a strong summer with the talented Colorado Chaos D1 Ambassadors 16s Elite team, the 5-foot-11 sharpshooting guard is eager to transfer his improvements to the high school arena, where he believes he can make waves this season.

“I think my leadership ability is a lot more than what it was last year,” Busnardo said. “Last year I was just kind of there. This year, I think I can step forward and take the role as more of a leader of the team. I’ll have a big opportunity to score, play defense and be vocal. Last year, there were other guys that were doing that. Now it’s my turn.”

That’s not to say Busnardo was a wallflower last season. Playing in 18 varsity games as a sophomore, he averaged 4.6 points per game while shooting 39 percent (16-of-41) from 3-point range, the best mark on the team.

Justin Nelson, who coached Busnardo with Chaos this

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