Posted On: 06/18/18 1:31 PM

This past season sophomore Trent Broksieck was the only underclassmen on the Brookings Bobcats. Even though it was a disappointing season as they missed the state tournament Broksieck said it was a good learning experience for him.

“It was a very frustrating season not qualifying for postseason play,” Broksieck said. “However I discovered how physical AA basketball is at the Varsity level.”

As most underclassmen are, Broksieck isn’t as physically mature as the upperclassmen, so he has been trying to get used to the more physically demanding practices and games.

“As an underclassman, I’ve had to pick my spots,” Broksieck said. “Participating in varsity practices with the upperclassmen have been much more physically demanding than previous practices I have been in.”

Being the youngest on the team, Broksieck had a senior point guard take him under his wing last year and helped him out a lot with transitioning his game to the next level.

After his first experience with how physical and different varsity basketball is, Broksieck knows what to work on this summer and playing with Sacred Hoops will certainly help.

“This summer I am trying to work on my strength, quickness, and explosion,” Broksieck said. “I’m also playing for Sacred Hoops. I am becoming much more aggressive offensively and defensively. Playing with sacred hoops is enabling me to become a more aggressive player at both ends of the floor.”

With only six seniors graduating last season, the Bobcats’ goal is to make it to the state tournament after coming up short. For Broksieck his personal goal is to improve himself as well as being a better teammate.

“My personal goal is to be an all-conference/all-state player, I want to be a leader and good teammate,” Broksieck said. “This team has the capability of not only getting to the state tournament but doing damage when we get there. I want us to enjoy the journey which starts now, in the off-season.”

So far this summer Broksieck and the Sacred Hoops team have had a great season. They have three tournaments left in Rapid City, Sioux Falls and then finish off the summer in Kansas City.

“It has been going really good,” Broksieck said. “I love the team we have, and Coach Sittig is fantastic. On the summer we are like 9-4 or so on the summer and look to finish strong”