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Junior point guard AJ Hoggard (247 No. 90) will start at the point for the PSA Cardinals in 2018, taking over for three-year EYBL veteran Cole Anthony. The Huntington Prep (WV) product will look to build on his EYBL experience from a year ago in which he averaged 13.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 1.2 steals in 16 games with Team Final. Hoggard joined the Cardinals in July and didn't look back.
Hoggard is a strong, sturdy backcourt option that is best when he’s attacking the basket. We caught up with the floor general before the season:
Q: How was the high school season for you and how do you feel it made you a better player heading into the spring?
AJ Hoggard: The high school season was very good, the consistent work and great competition in practice made me have to elevate my game everyday.
How does playing the tough HS schedule help prepare you for the EYBL?
AH: Night in night out we play against the top players in the country just like EYBL; tough competition every night that helps a lot.
What will your role be with PSA this year?
AH: To lead our guys to wins.
Why is the EYBL the best and toughest league to play in?
AH: You face the best at each position night in and night out.
How would you describe your approach to the game?
AH: I would describe it as very focused. Focused before every game and locked in so I can play at a high level.
When did you first realize you could have a future in ball?
AH: When I was 10 or 11. I always had the most confidence in my skills, because if you don’t believe in yourself, who will?
What are you looking for in a program at the next level?
AH: Family culture, a style of play that fits my game and a program that’s going to let me play through my mistakes from day 1.
What’s the aspect of your game you’ve been working on most lately and how are you working on it?
AH: My jump shot and my body. Early mornings and late nights.
Who will beat the Warriors in the playoffs this year and how?
AH: That’s going to be tough but if Harden is in his bag I like the Rockets taking the west.