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Posted On: 09/28/18 10:22 AM
Princeton has its best team in at least a decade. The Tigers have legitimate state tournament aspirations and three potential 1,000 point scorers. The guy tasked with manning the point guard spot is senior James Flicek.
Flicek spent the grassroots season playing with Minnesota Comets where he had a chance to play against top competition and run a team full of college prospects and top-end scorers.
“It started off slow but as the year progressed we started to figure things out and how to play with each other which led to a lot of wins,” said Flicek. “It helps me a lot because it really shows what you need to work on as a player. I feel like my 3-point shooting and my on ball defense really improved.”
Flicek is a solid floor general who prioritizes getting his teammates involved in the offense. But he’s shown throughout his high school career and again over the summer that he’s plenty capable of scoring points in bunches when the situation calls for it.
Flicek is a two-sport star at Princeton and will have his pick of football or basketball at the college level.
“I plan on either playing college football or basketball,” Flicek said. “I’ve been talking to JUCOs and Division III schools for football and I’ve talked with and visited Jamestown, Northwestern and Northland. I plan to go on more visits to other schools as well.”
The senior guard averaged better than 14 points and was one of the top assist guys in the Mississippi 8 as a junior. With Adam Williams back on the wing, Jon Stimmler back in the post and Reilly O’Neill transferring in from Norwood-Young America, the Tigers have a plethora of scoring options. But Flicek will be a big key in unlocking the team’s ultimate potential.
“We return all but one starter and add another player to that transferred in,” said Flicek. “Our expectation is to be in the state tournament and see how much noise we can make from there.”