Hallettsville's Wood-Dvorak named 2A Player of the Year
April 6, 2010 at 10:05 p.m.
Updated April 5, 2010 at 11:06 p.m.
Hallettsville's Christian Wood-Dvorak was happy with his junior season, but far from satisfied.
Wood-Dvorak helped lead the Brahmas to a 36-2 record, their first appearance in the regional and state tournaments, and a No. 2 ranking in the final Texas Association of Basketball Coaches' Class 2A state poll.
But Wood-Dvorak was disappointed Hallettsville was unable to bring home a state championship.
"It drives the hunger for next year because you don't want to fall short of expectations," Wood-Dvorak said. "You don't want to have self-doubt if you don't make it as far as you did so you just want to go further."
Wood-Dvorak is one of four starters returning for the Brahmas next season and he'll be back as the TABC's Class 2A Player of the Year.
"He's a gifted basketball player and a gifted athlete," Hallettsville coach Rich Dozier said. "He also has the knack of absolutely hating to lose. When you combine those three, you know you have a special player."
Wood-Dvorak averaged 20.3 points, 12.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocked shots per game.
He scored a season-high 35 points and pulled down a season-high 25 rebounds in a 106-73 win over El Campo in the championship game of the Yoakum Tournament.
"I would hate to guard him," Dozier said. "We switch kids off him regularly in practice so they don't get bruised and bumped. Christian is gifted physically and intellectually and the combination makes him pretty impossible to guard."
Wood-Dvorak was named to the all-state tournament team after scoring 25 points and pulling down 12 rebounds in Hallettsville's 72-56 state semifinal loss to Ponder.
"I started a little later with basketball than my other sports, said Wood-Dvorak, who has earned varsity letters in football, cross country, tennis, golf, track and field, baseball and powerlifting. "I've really had to work harder with that."
"I need to work on my ball-handling, I definitely need to shoot a little bit better and work on my outside game and just get stronger," he added. "I'd like a bigger base for underneath the basket."
The 6-foot-3 Wood-Dvorak often posts up for the Brahmas. But if he plays basketball in college, he'll do so on the perimeter.
"Most college coaches already recognize that he's guard," Dozier said. "I play pretty much a five-guard system. Christian does end up on the blocks because's he's very dominant down there.
"If you watch us, you'll see Christian fill the lane, you'll see him bring the ball down court. On our inbound plays and special plays, you'll notice that he's not inside. He had three 3-pointers in the state tournament and those type of things coaches recognize."
NOTE: Wood-Dvorak is also a candidate for Texas' Mr. Basketball, which will be announced by the TABC on May 20.