Posted On: 09/27/18 1:05 PM
Robertson County is a small Class A school that is enjoying some serious success over the past couple of seasons and freshman Justin Becker is looking to step up and help continue that success after playing a large role on the varsity as an 8th grader last season. Justin averaged just shy of 10 points last season and could double that number this season. The big bodied freshman describes his game as very versatile, “My size allows me to take advantage of mismatches on the post and my quickness allows me to take bigger defenders off the dribble. My perimeter shot keeps defenders honest. I am also a good passer out of the post as well as on the perimeter. I am in the gym everyday constantly working to improve my all around game. The one area I need to improve on is my strength. I am working in the weight room to strengthen my legs.”
Becker split his 14u AAU season playing with Team RC and Team Manimal. With Team Manimal, Becker played in the AAU Nationals in Orlando, “We placed 5th in the nation. It was great to play with a lot of different players and also players from other states.” Heading into his freshman campaign, Becker also took part in several other camps and events, “I attended several high exposure camps as well as played in a couple of All-Star games. I won MVP when the Ky All-Stars defeated the Ohio All-Stars in Louisville. It was great to play against high-level competition and I gained a lot of valuable experience.” Becker told me that the AAU season has really helped to prepare him for the upcoming high school year, “AAU was very beneficial in showing me what I can and can’t do, so when I transition into the high school season I will already have a great idea on what I am capable of doing. I also have learned to trust my teammates. I know that when I make the extra pass that they’re going to score the basketball.”
Justin has a year’s experience as a primary scoring option after being a big piece of Robertson’s success last season and hopes to have an even bigger impact this season, “My expectations for my freshman season are to win and have fun with my teammates and coaches. I want to defend our Class A championship and get another shot to make a deep run at the All A State Tournament. I want to win Robertson County’s first district championship since 1994 and make a run at a regional title.” Becker also has some lofty goals for himself and his team, “My individual goal is to develop as a player and a person. I want to become stronger and play smarter. I want to continue improving my basketball game to where I am the best player to come out of Robertson County. We have a rich tradition of basketball talent, but with hard work, I feel like that’s something I think I can work towards. I want to have fun with my teammates and take this community on another unbelievable journey. My team goals are to win the district and make a run at the regional title. I would also like to win back to back All A Titles and make a run at the All A State tournament.” Justin Becker has enthusiasm for the game of basketball and a great work ethic. The 6’5 Freshman relies on a strong support system in his quest to be the best and gives praise to his family for his work ethic, “My family has told me since day 1 that hard work pays off. Well, I’m ready to watch the work my teammates and I have put in, pay off!” Justin will spend the next 4 years continuing to work hard and hoping to see it pay off.