Each week, Lone Star Varsity will feature a question and answer session with an area athlete. For more on this and other area teams, visit www.lonestarvarsity.com.
This week’s subject is All Saints Episcopal’s Austin Hickle. The 6-foot-2 senior shooting guard scored 18 points in the Patriots’ 84-48 win against Plainview Christian on Tuesday in a TAPPS District 1-2A matchup.
All Saints (21-5, 2-0) faces Abilene Christian High School at 7 p.m. Friday in non-district play.
With the All Saints varsity boys basketball team being fairly new, what’s it been like to be one of the program’s trailblazers?
“I have been at All Saints since kindergarten. I have been playing on the basketball team since the sixth grade. When the high school started, we looked to carry the tradition that we started in middle school. And we did that through sportsmanship and through teamwork and all those types of things. What it is like building this team is that you are not just worried about the four years you are there, on varsity, you are building a foundation for the years to come.”
What is it like to be apart of the Patriots basketball team overall?
“It’s a whole dynamic of every day you are at school you are building off the foundation left for you by the two senior classes that have graduated and mentoring the younger kids. On a personal level, it’s incredible to feel like you are really starting something.”
Where has the team found its success this season?
“Definitely, on the court, it’s that teamwork, having more assists than turnovers. The assist-to-turnover ratio is huge for us. It’s been like that since I was a freshman. We don’t have one guy that has to hold the team on his back. We have every player, one through 10, who really hold each other accountable each game and each practice. What fuels us is we were in the state championship last year, and we lost. That fuels us and we don’t lose sight of that.”
Does the team have a set goal or the season?
“We read this book called ‘One Word.’ It’s a different perspective about how each of us set a goal for ourselves, and by doing that we set a goal for the team. This book, ‘One Word,’ we read it and by the end you come up with one word for that year. Some of mine have been consistency (and) perseverance. … The one word perspective is very unique to our team and it is a huge factor as to why we have so much success.
What do you do off the court?
“Going into next year, if I am not playing basketball, no matter what, I will be studying political science. I don’t know which university yet, but this past summer I did two internships in D.C. That is something that I hold very high. The thing that I have learned through basketball is that although you practice hard at learning each skill, the huge thing is that you learn how to have a great work ethic. That is something that I look forward to transferring into something other than basketball when it is done. I am not saying it’s done senior year. I am saying even after college, if I play in college.”
Do you binge watch Netflix? If so, what are you currently watching?
“Absolutely. I probably do that more than I should considering the amount of homework that I have. … Recently, I have watched ‘Black Mirror’ and ‘Mindhunter,’ which are really addictive. All around, I like Game of Thrones (and) Westworld. I really just watch a variety of shows, it varies. Anything anybody is talking about, I am looking out for myself.”
What basketball team do you follow?
“Since second grade, I have been a huge Boston Celtics fan. There is no other team that I root for. If they lose in the playoffs, I am done watching NBA — I am done watching college. … People ask me ‘Why Boston?’ My dad lived in Boston. So, that is where that came from.”
— Bryan Navarette, A-J Media