Posted On: 11/27/18 12:42 AM

***Photo Credit: Austin Daily Herald***

LeRoy-Ostrander won 19 games a season ago and could be one of the sneaky strong teams in the Southeast Conference this upcoming winter. The Cardinals have a player-of-the-year candidate in Trey Hungerholt.

Hungerholt, a 6-foot-2 senior guard, averaged better than 18 points, six rebounds and six assists last season and is hoping for a big final season.

“My goal is to have a good season and hopefully win the conference,” said Hungerholt. “We’ll see how far we can go.”

One of the most explosive scorers in southern Minnesota, Hungerholt excels when he’s getting downhill and into gaps. He’s very difficult to stay in front of one-on-one and his ability to get to the paint and either score over length or find open teammates.

He spent the spring and summer playing AAU with D1 Minnesota Rise where he had an opportunity to test himself against top-level competition.

“AAU was a good experience,” said Hungerholt. “It helped me get better and improve my game. It taught me a lot. I think I improved at playing off the ball more and finding different ways to score.”

Hungerholt said he’s been in contact with a handful of local colleges and been on some visits but that he’s in no hurry to make a college choice. Given his goals with LeRoy-Ostrander, a big season could spark more interest.

With a number of talented players coming back, the Cardinals have a chance to eclipse the 20-win mark this winter and make a lengthy run in the postseason if things go well. Hungerholt will be a big key in that effort.