"I really like it here but I have to get used to American basketball because the referees call stuff on me that I'm not used to." (Laughs) Koch and his Wren teammates participated in the Greenville County Jamboree at Southside High School and SCPrepNation.com was there to take in all of the action. Koch had this to say about his first taste of action. "The Jamboree was really fun and it was a good experience to play other players than just against my teammates in practice."
Koch had a superb performance in the half of action. He played efficiently and never forced anything during the game. He made 3 of the 4 shots he took (he was fouled on the miss and went to the free throw line). He also gave the crowd a small glimpse of some of his ballhandling skills and moves. The crowd went crazy as he broke down a defender with a headfake and crossover which sent the defender sprawling in the wrong direction.
The Hurricanes won handily and they have a strong squad as they appear ready to make a splash in AAAA play this year. Koch said, "I think we can go far this year."
The 6'6 point guard will play more of a point forward role for the Hurricanes it appears but Koch said he is fine with whatever his coach asks of him. "I can play both. It doesn't really matter because if a taller player is guarding me I'm probably running the point and try to take him from the top and if a smaller player is guarding me then I'm going down in the post on them."
The goal for Koch this season is simple. He just wants to help his Wren squad go as far as possible in the playoffs with hopes of ultimately ending the year with a state championship.
On the recruiting side of things there are still hundreds of schools sending him mail each week. A few schools appear to have made Koch a high priority by recruiting him harder than others early on in the process. "Clemson, Florida, and Virginia Tech have been contacting me the most these days. Right now I'm not really worrying about college. I'm focused on doing good in school and playing basketball with my team."
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Koch (#7) with his Jordan Classic teammates and basketball legend Michael Jordan