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Posted On: 07/30/18 6:38 PM
Often times the summer is a chance for certain prospects to shine. This has been the case for Diego Lopez. The gritty 6-foot-2, 175-pound guard is a bit overshadowed at Tigard High School but playing AAU ball with Team Fly Anderson has given him the opportunity not only to play major minutes, but play in a system that helps showcase his skills.
“This was one of my better summers,” Lopez said. “Last summer was a bit of a tough point for me, but this summer, with the confidence and work I’ve been putting in it’s been really paying off. My shot has been better and I’ve been go to the hoop more often when I want to. My defense has gotten better from last year which has really helped me offensively because I can run much quicker.”
A gritty guard who is solid overall on both sides of the ball, Lopez has used this spring and summer to work on many phases of the game, including Shooting, passing, and defense. He’s been really happy with the opportunity he’s gotten playing with Team Fly Anderson. “With Team Fly I can do the things I’m good at and do them efficiently,” he said.
One of the benefits of playing travel basketball is it has given Lopez the chance to get seen by college coaches. He indicated that Western Oregon and Puget Sound are the two that have been in the most contact, and he will be attending Lewis & Clark Prospect camp later this week. At this point, he’s keeping all of his options open.
“I’m looking forward to the recruitment process as it progresses along,” Lopez said. “I want to go somewhere where I can come right in and make an impact on the team either defensively or offensively. And if the coach and I have a good relationship I think that will help as well. I just want to keep on playing hard and see what it gets me.”