Put it on the court.
That is the only thing left to do for the Plano West basketball team. With multiple players on the squad projected to be impactful Division-I collegiate athletes, expectations couldn't be higher.
6-foot-7 small forward D.J. Hogg knows with the talent permeated within his team, anything less than a title would be a disappointment.
"We've got Mickey Mitchell, Tyler Davis and Avery Johnson Jr. joining me so we're looking for state," Hogg said. "Preseason we got ranked No. 1 in Texas 5A, and we got ranked number five in the country so that's big weight we've got to push."
Hogg, only a junior, boasts an impressive list of offers including UCLA, Arizona, Texas, Oregon, Kansas State, Notre Dame and Missouri just to name a few. The athlete has also caught the eye of SMU head coach Larry Brown, who extended to him a scholarship as well.
Hogg took advantage of the opportunity to visit the Hilltop unofficially just this past weekend.
"I liked their practice. It was an up-tempo, get the job done type of practice," Hogg said. "There wasn't anything extra, and there wasn't a whole lot of talking, just working on drills. Larry Brown did a good job. I liked it a lot."
The four-star prospect was not able to have much one on one time with the Hall of Fame coach who was focused on preparing his team for one of the most anticipated basketball seasons in recent memory. But Hogg did speak to assistant coach Ulric Maligi and has chatted with Brown in the past about his future and the possibility of becoming a Mustang.
"He just told me that he would be one of the best coaches in college to help me get where I want to be, which is the NBA," Hogg said.
In addition to a few of Hogg's teammates who accompanied him on the trip, another guest was amongst the people at Crum Basketball Center last Friday. Former NBA guard and student under Brown Allen Iverson showed up to talk to all in attendance at the practice.
Hogg said of all the things he valued from the visit, Iverson's words were right at the top.
"He was telling everybody that basketball can be here and be gone in a second," Hogg said. "You've got to give it your all. It's a once in a lifetime thing."
With Hogg just about to start his junior season, the athlete has plenty of time to think about his recruiting as well as receiver more offers. He has yet to designate a top five and does not plan to trim down his list until he starts to take his official visits in the summer leading up to his senior season. But it's no secret he's very interested in SMU.
The Wolves' first practice was held on Wednesday and with the upcoming season quickly approaching, his focus is solely on winning.
"Undefeated, I want to finish both seasons undefeated," Hogg said.
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