Making adjustments NHS junior Ryan Hudock trying to transition from JV team to varsity
Northampton's Ryan Hudock recalled how he learned the game from his recently-graduated older brother, Jarryd, on their driveway.
"He taught me a lot of things about the game," said the younger Hudock of his older sibling, who played in the basketball program and graduated in 2011. "Playing on our driveway really helped me with my game today.
"With him (Jarryd) already at the high school level, I was able to realize what I needed to do to play at that level."
It was one of several transitions in the younger Hudock's life. He made another major one this winter when he was elevated to the varsity unit after playing his first two years at Northampton on the JV team.
Hudock noted how the undertaking of new coach and system has made the conversion this winter even more challenging.
"We all knew it would take some time," he stated on the team's slow start with a 2-14 record through their first 16 games. "This is a new system of plays as well as some new players like me.
"It was a matter of just getting used to everything. The speed and the physical play are a lot different at the varsity level. I had to adjust to a number of things and the tempo of the game is much faster. You don't' have a lot of time to make a choice.
"But it has been amazing for me to step out on the court as a varsity player with a crowded gym. The work has been worth it."
The 6-2 junior forward began playing basketball at the youngest possible age, and the game has been a constant in his life. He has been gaining time in the Konkrete Kids' system this winter as a number of players have been inserted into the system.
"Ryan (Hudock) has all the tools to be a consistent player," said head coach Coy Stampone. "He has been working all year and has worked some time into our rotation. He is among a group of juniors we have who now feel pretty confident about the future next year."
Hudock feels confident with his current situation and also is anxious to begin the 2013-14 campaign. He isn't involved with any other sports and is a member of the school's SADD group. Hudock plans to attend college, but he hasn't decided on a field nor a college.
In the meantime, he'll focus on the near future.
"We feel we can get things together at the end of this season and have a good finish," he said. "But I'm part of group of juniors who will really feel good about next season.
"We all know what to expect and we just have to keep working. We can still salvage some thins this year, but next year will be a big year for us."
For Hudock, next season will be another transition in stride.