San Pedro’s Anthony Hrboka takes capturing to a brand new stage

When Anthony Hrboka of San Pedro was on the basketball court docket as a 14-year-old freshman in 2020, he stood 5 toes 2 and weighed 92 kilos.

“When he’d get out there, some would say, ‘What’s your manager doing out there?’ ” coach John Bobich mentioned. “He was all 92 pounds to the best of his ability.”

He has grown to 5-10 and 150 kilos as a senior and have become San Pedro’s all-time three-point capturing chief. He made 10 threes in a sport twice as a junior. This season, he has a sport of 9 threes and is averaging 20.1 factors.

“He has a work ethic second to none,” Bobich mentioned.

That helps clarify Hrboka exhibiting up at 5:30 a.m. and discovering a method to get the important thing to enter the San Pedro fitness center so he can observe 300 to 500 pictures from three-point vary earlier than faculty. He made 101 threes final season as a junior and has 83 this season.

As seen on this photograph, Anthony Hrboka was 5 toes 2 and weighed 92 kilos as a freshman at San Pedro.

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“It’s the preparation before the season and the offseason, and even during the season, making sure you’re getting a lot of reps and making sure you’re comfortable with shooting those shots so when you get into the games, it’s natural and in the flow,” Hrboka mentioned.

He generally makes sinking threes look simpler than hitting a free throw, although he acknowledges, “Free throws are definitely easier because it’s just you and the rim and nobody in front of you.”

Depart Hrboka open at your individual value, as a result of he made 55% of his three-point tries final season and retains getting extra correct.

“As the years went on, he developed a quicker release and got stronger,” Bobich mentioned. “He’s improved his footwork. He comes off screens much better. All the details he continues to master.”

Throughout a quick break that ended with Hrbroka making a 3 from the baseline as an alternative of selecting a layup, a San Pedro teammate was overheard saying, “Coach, that is a layup.”

Bobich remembers Hrboka popping out to San Pedro video games when he was 5 or 6 and throwing up pictures at halftime. Bobich coached him in youth baseball and acknowledged his competitiveness.

Now San Pedro has 270-pound Arizona-bound soccer standout Nick Fernandez setting screens for Hbroka, and all it takes is a quick opening for Hbroka to trigger harm. That’s what occurred on the finish of a sport final week in opposition to Lake Balboa Birmingham, when Hbroka bought sufficient clearance after a display screen from Fernandez to make a shot because the buzzer sounded for a San Pedro victory.

“He’s a tremendous player,” Birmingham coach Nick Halic mentioned. “He’s the best shooter in the City that I’ve seen, hands down. The whole team has so much confidence in him.”

Fernandez went to the identical center faculty as Hbroka and remembers seeing him on the blacktop going one on one in opposition to a taller classmate and never backing down.

Hbroka is 17 and nonetheless rising — he has three cousins over 6-5. Basketball groups want shooters, and Hbroka positive can shoot, so don’t search for him to cease taking part in after this season.

“A three is definitely a staple in the game,” he mentioned. “Being able to make threes gets the crowd excited and gets the team excited and is definitely a tool in this new-age game.”