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Sunday, December 20, 2009Adnan Hodzic had no idea he was so close to 1,000 points in his career.
When informed that if he scored 16 points against Cincinnati he would reach that career plateau, the junior center admitted it would be a nice accomplishment, but he doesn’t play the game to pad his individual resume.
“I had no idea until somebody told me,” Hodzic said. “It’s pretty cool. Not a lot of players achieve that. I’m excited, but I’m not about that. I’m a team player.”
Hodzic scored 18 points Saturday afternoon in the Lipscomb Bisons 80-52 loss at No. 25-ranked Cincinnati. He will be counted on heavily to add to that career points total Monday night when the Bisons, 4-6, visit Arizona, 4-5, for an 8 p.m. game at the McKale Center in Tucson.
Hodzic is averaging a team-leading 21.4 points per game. He also leads the Bisons in rebounds with 7.3 per game.
“Adnan is having a terrific year so far,” Bisons coach Scott Sanderson said. “He is our most consistent player. I told him that as good as he has been he has two or three levels left. That is my job to get him there.”
Hodzic loves the game of basketball and loves to work on his game. He can often be found in Allen Arena shooting on his own.
“Adnan is getting better and better,” Sanderson said. “He is listening better and trying to understand more.
“The biggest thing offensively is that he understands angles around the basket. That is why he is scoring at a higher clip. The first couple of years he scored on his pure strength. Now he has a little finesse about him and understands where the ball needs to go.”
Hodzic is the 40th player in the history of the Bisons’ basketball program to reach the 1,000-point level. He is the fourth player to break 1,000 points since the Bisons moved to NCAA Division I.
Like most post players Hodzic is constantly fine-tuning his game. He is proud of his work ethic.
“If you truly love the game you are going to become the best player you can be,” Hodzic said. “With that being said, I have a great coaching staff that keeps pushing me and pushing me no matter what I do.
“I can have a great game and the next day coach Sanderson is on me more than he has ever been on me. It’s all still a work in progress. I am going to try to get better and better and do exactly what the coaches want me to do.”
Hodzic doesn’t have any problems with Sanderson and the coaching staff scrutinizing his game so closely. Sanderson knows Hodzic is listening to everything that is said.
“If they tell me I’m not doing something right that really gets to me,” Hodzic said. “I am a perfectionist. I want to do everything right every single time.
“I am focusing and believing in what the coaches are telling me. I want to satisfy them to the best of my abilities.”
Hodzic wants to become a better player in an effort to make the Bisons a better team. Instead of concentrating on his accomplishments he chooses to look at the areas where he needs to improve.
“I’ve gotten better defensively, but I still have a long way to go in both defense and rebounding,” Hodzic said. “I want to be rebound like an animal. I want to average 10 rebounds a game. I have a ways to go to get there.
“I have to be an overall better team defender. I have to help cover up the mistakes of my teammates.”
Offensively, Hodzic is also working on a number of areas.
“I have been trying to extend my game,” Hodzic said. “I am trying to score better off the blocks. I am trying to pass the ball better out of double teams. I am trying to screen better.
“I am working on my jump shot from 15 feet out. I want to make it harder for teams to guard me. I want to expand my game as much as I can.”
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations