A spring of preparing

It's been a busy spring for Malik Hluchoweckyj even though he's not doing any spring sports. He's in fact preparing for his upcoming senior year in both football and basketball putting in some long days.

Malik Hluchoweckyj took the spring season off at Bellevue (Nebr.) West, but he's not relaxing. In fact, he might have been better off just running track because instead he's been putting in the time to prepare for two sports that he's drawing D-I attention.

"Yep, I took the spring off to workout and get ready for both basketball and football," Hluchoweckyj said. "I am going to possibly do summer track, Bellevue Breeze, and run four or five meets with them."

The workouts for Hluchoweckyj bookend his days in the classroom. His days start early and finish late every day of the week.

"Before school I have a workout around 6:30 before school every day. I do shooting or ball-handling in those workouts. After school I am lifting weights for an hour then work with the football coaches doing one on ones or position workouts."

Things are being considered now for future trips. He says that he is going to be doing both football and basketball camps this summer. It will be busy, but he and his family are enjoying the ride.

"Right now I am in the middle of scheduling a number of things. I am thinking about football camps at Iowa State, Nebraska and South Dakota State. For basketball I am looking a Northern Iowa, Creighton, Nebraska, Drake, Nebraska-Omaha and North Dakota State.

"It's going to be a busy summer, but I have that first offer already from Nebraska-Omaha for basketball and that was exciting. My mom will be my personal taxi service. We love it though. It's paving the way into college."

There has been some good traffic through West HS to see both Hluchoweckyj and C.J. Johnson his teammate. Hluchoweckyj says that the coaches have to come see him workout because there aren't any spring practices and he knows that there are still a number of schools planning to stop by.

"The evaluation period has been busy seeing a lot of coaches come through. They come up and watch us lift weights and then follow us around. Nebraska was here as well as Iowa State, Idaho, Liberty and some others. Ohio, Wisconsin and some other schools are still set to come in."

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