MOORESVILLE – Even as one of Lake Norman High’s many shooting options last year, Zane Haglan still was second in the conference in made 3-pointers.
But following departures – primarily transfers – from last year’s 14-11 team, he may have to make even more – and be the primary ball-handler as well. And after hitting 50 of his 163 attempts in 2017-18, that’s something the 6-foot-1 all-conference guard is prepared to do.
“This season, I’ll have to be a little bit better on the offensive end,” Haglan said. “Put up more points but continue creating for my teammates as well, really trying to put some points on the board for us.”
Facing the task at hand, the one-time South Iredell player puts up 300 shots every day and shoots 100 free throws.
Last year’s backcourt mates Adam Brazil, Demarcus Johnson and Luke Robinson have moved on, but Haglan believes this year’s team won’t falter.
“I think we’re going to surprise a lot of teams this year,” he said. “We may have lost a bunch of people, but we’re a really athletic group. I think we may be better than last year.”
Coach Brandon Jolly’s team will go from relying on small, shooting-heavy lineups to more balance this year with sophomore big men Dominic Adams and Jonas Courtney.
“It’s a huge difference,” Jolly said of the added size. “We play in the best public school league in in the state. Hopewell and North Meck last year had 6-6 guards, and I was running out 6-3 post players.”
And Jolly hopes his team catches a few more breaks to win close games – the Wildcats played five overtime games last year, including a double-OT affair against Hopewell. In the 86-82 loss Haglan scored 28, making 3-of-9 3-pointers.
He is being recruited by Division II Pfeiffer University as well as DIII schools Randolph-Macon and Ferrum College.
“The way he shoots the ball is what they like the best,” Jolly said. “If you can shoot, coaches can find a spot for you. It’s the great equalizer.”