Posted On: 01/25/18 8:00 AM
Junior guard Ahke McMichael is leading his Pinellas Park squad in scoring, but also in the entire district, according to his Pirates head coach Tim Lopez.
Ahke is a fearless driver to the bucket, finishes well with contact. On the defensive side, he creates great opportunities get steals and push the ball, in-transition. In the game vs. Gibbs, he notched 20 points.
When asked about the mentality he’s had lately, Ahke said he’s just been focusing on trying to get as many open looks as possible. With the speed he has, it’s not hard to break away from defenders.
He said his rebound skills need to grow, as well as his movement without the ball to be able to create space for others. He desires to get more teammates involved, and become a better assister.
As far as defense goes, his pride in it is present.
“I try to take the best player on the court,” Ahke said. “But here, the best player is usually the guard. So I try to take them on.”
It’s going to take that attitude and a whole lot more to make waves in the district playoffs. But he already has four things he feels like the squad can work on up until then.
“Chemistry, teamwork, good defense, and we have to communicate, more,” Ahke said in reference to his team’s focuses, right now. “I think we can up the intensity by (playoff time), and have a good district run.”
Only time will tell.