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Posted On: 09/25/18 1:00 PM
***Photo Credit: Austin Daily Herald***
The Austin Packers have been to back-to-back state tournaments but will undergo something of a roster overhaul and several household names – at least in Big 9 country – are gone to graduation. Medi Obang is poised to become the new household name.
Obang, a 6-foot-3 wing, heads into his senior year looking forward to taking on a big role with this upcoming season’s version of the Packers. He spent the spring and summer preparing for it by playing with 43 Hoops.
“[Playing with 43 Hoops] was good even though I didn’t know anybody on the team going in,” Obang said. “It was fun making new friends and doing something new.”
Obang averaged better than 10 points per game last year and was one of the top shooters in the conference. His length and athleticism allow him to impact the game on the defensive end especially in Austin’s 1-2-2 zone and he’s becoming more effective when run off the 3-point line. The depth of talent in the Austin program runs deep, so Obang may not necessarily put up massive bulk numbers, but he’ll be a big factor in whatever success that team enjoys this winter.
And the expectation is that the Packers will be successful. Despite losing one of the best backcourts in the state in Tate Hebrink and Duoth Gach, the Packers have a terrific coaching staff and a bevy of good athletes.
“My role will be a lot different this year,” said Obang. “The team will rely on me more to produce where last year I didn’t have to do as much. I feel like we’re going to be a top team. We have a lot of guys that are capable of stepping up.”
Obang is hoping a strong season personally and collectively can help him earn some college looks.
“I am hoping to play college ball but I haven’t talked with any schools yet,” said Obang. “I’m hoping to draw some interest this winter.”