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Posted On: 02/6/18 11:59 AM
Boys’ Latin is regarded as being one of the best teams in Baltimore this season. The 19-5 Lakers have a terrific balance of seniors and experienced juniors that have translated to plenty of impressive victories.
One of those juniors who have been a pleasant contributor is 6’5 forward Dogan Hardway. Hardway doesn’t have the most experience considering it’s his first year playing on the varsity level, but he hasn’t let that stop him from making an impact on the game and becoming a part of Coach Rees’ rotation.
“I think I’ve adjusted well to playing at the varsity level,” Hardway told Prep Hoops. ” I’m just making sure I get myself open shots and knock them down, get my teammates involved as much as I can, rebound and do all of the little things.”
I recently saw Hardway in a win against McDonogh where he contributed 11 points that included three three-pointers. Although he still is raw overall skill set wise, there’s no doubt that he has an endless motor. He’s a good athlete and has nice length to go with his 6’5 frame.
What makes him valuable in today’s game is his ability to play the stretch four position and run the floor like he does. Hardway can be a rim-runner if a big hasn’t already occupied the painted area, or be a trailer for kick-out three’s that we see happen so often in today’s game.
Now that he’s gaining valuable minutes on varsity, Hardway has his blueprint for what he wants to improve on for the upcoming spring/summer.
“Just work on being more of a playmaker for my teammates off the dribble,” Hardway said. “Tighten up my ball handling so I can bring the ball up the court when those opportunities come.”
Hardway currently has a 3.0 GPA and hasn’t been hearing from any schools. He had to sit out last AAU season with tendinitis, but will be playing this season. Hardway hasn’t chose which circuit team he’ll play with yet.