KCChronicle.com/preps Athlete of the Week: Kaneland boys basketball's Ty Carlson
Why he was selected: Scored a career-high 33 points Friday in the Knights' 91-67 win against Rochelle.
Kaneland senior forward Ty Carlson erupted for 33 points in Friday's high-scoring game at Rochelle, surpassing his previous career high by 12 points. Carlson, the Kane County Chronicle-St. Charles Bank & Trust Athlete of the Week, spoke with Chronicle sports editor Jay Schwab about his big game, this Saturday's Kaneland Day and Knight of Hoops shootout and more. The following is an edited transcript:
What do you think went as well for you as did on Friday?
Just having guys like Drew David and John Pruett on your team really opens up some holes for me. I got to the bucket and made some free throws, just a lot of great passes. I scored a lot in the paint, not much outside, but John and Drew and everyone got me the ball in the middle of their zone. They ran like a press; I got in the middle and they made some great passes and I made some layups. That was pretty much it.
I know Rochelle typically likes to really get up and down, too. Is it fun to play that pace?
Oh yeah, it was awesome because early in the year we tried to get out and run a lot more and then we kind of shied away from it lately but at their place we got out and ran, and it felt pretty good.
What's the enthusiasm level for this event you guys are putting on Saturday?
It's awesome. We're really high and enthused about it. It's definitely for a great cause (Wounded Warrior Project), too, and we're excited. … We thank coach Johnson for getting it set up because we know he [put a lot of time into it]. We're honored to be a part of it.
If you had to pick one teammate to help you some difficult homework who would it be, and why?
I'd have to go with Tom VanBogaert. He was in the paper a couple week ago I think for his academic honors. He's just an all-around smart kid who never slacks off in school, and he's also one of my best friends, so I definitely have to trust him for that.