HOFFMAN ESTATES – Zac Lossau gave his customary can't-miss grin and a quick thumbs up.
Moments later, members of the Burlington Central and Woodstock North boys varsity basketball teams walked out onto the Sears Centre Arena floor.
During a first quarter timeout of the Windy City Bulls' final home game of the regular season on Saturday night, the two high school programs were recognized by the Chicago Bulls' G-League affiliate for their collective roles in making a previous senior night opportunity one Lossau would never forget.
Last month, prior to the Rockets' final home game of the regular season, the two programs agreed to a brief pre-game scrimmage that allowed Lossau, the Rockets' team manager, an opportunity to take the court proudly donning a full varsity uniform.
Lossau scored in the scrimmage, which was captured on video and posted to Twitter. The Windy City Bulls organization evidently caught wind of it, and invited the programs to be recognized.
As they stood at center court, the semi-viral video played. The crowd responded with applause, as their pictures were taken.
"It's awesome to see my team," said Lossau, who will be attending Elgin Community College next year, of his big moment. "I was so happy to see my team."
Seeing himself on the jumbotron, Lossau, understandably, "felt like a star." His mother, Patti, and father, Steven, were in the stands to see it.
Burlington Central was represented by players Kyle Moring, Zac Schmidt, Josh Hudgens, Logan Andersen and coach Brett Porto.
Woodstock North, who won a regional title for the first time ever as a program this season, had a sizeable contingent as well, with Cole Brey, Justin Ortiz, Anthony Boeg, Javier Salas, Austin Zieman, Jacob Gallardo and coach Dale Jandron.
Some members of each program were not able to make the appearance due to previous Spring Break arrangements.
"It was a good time. I had fun with it; it was a very special moment for [Lossau]," said Boeg, who was on the court for the scrimmage. "We just went out there and let him do his thing."