November 10, 2015 Mason City junior Mac Skogen was one of the few sophomores to play varsity with the Mohawks last season. Now, a veteran junior, the point guard will be looked upon to be one of the team’s leaders…
November 10, 2015
Mason City junior Mac Skogen was one of the few sophomores to play varsity with the Mohawks last season. Now, a veteran junior, the point guard will be looked upon to be one of the team’s leaders this season.
“I think I’ll be asked to blend the juniors and seniors together because we have a really good class of juniors coming up too. I’m going to have to step up and really get people involved and be a playmaker this year, more than I was last year,” said the 6-foot-1 point guard.
“Personally I’d like to average 5 assists, 5 rebounds, and 10 points this season if that’s possible. And team goals are I’d like to go above .500 this season, and to make the state tournament.”
The sharpshooting 2017 played with a local area team, Mason City Bomb Squad, this spring and summer, and despite his early exposure playing varsity ball and his offseason experience he has still heard nothing from college coaches.
“I really have not heard from anybody yet for recruitment,” said Skogen. “I just got to work hard, and show what I can do, and it will all fall in place.”
While running with the Bomb Squad this offseason, Skogen mentioned that his shooting was an area of emphasis for him, and he wants to improve his shooting percentage from a season ago.
“I made the most improvement shooting 3s,” he said. “I didn't shoot the way I wanted to shoot last season during the high school season, but I’ve put in a lot of work this offseason shooting 3s, and working on my pullup jump-shot.”
Skogen says defense is just as important to him as his offensive game, and as he moves into his upperclassman years his outside shot is what he’ll continue to emphasize.
“I like to get my teammates involved as much as I can, and I love defense. I like locking down the other guy, it’s one of my favorite things to do on the floor,” he said.
“I’d say I still need to tighten up my ball-handling a little bit, and shooting still. I can always improve my shot.”