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In the world of high school sports, you will occasionally come across an athlete who checks all the boxes of a coach's dream: attentive, able to adapt, steps up, is a great leader, high IQ for the game, and the list can go on and on forever. Even more rare than that, though, you find an athlete who checks all those boxes for coaches, fans, and college recruiters all while being compared to the athletes who have become legends in their sports at the professional level. At Byron Nelson, senior guard Finley Bizjack stands out as one of the greats. Already being compared to the likes of NBA legend "Pistol" Pete Maravich, Bizjack is wrapping up his high school career while putting up incredible numbers and breaking records along the way. VYPE DFW had the opportunity to catch up with Bizjack in an exclusive interview regarding his time with the Bobcats' basketball program.
Photo provided by Finley Bizjack
At six-foot-five, Bizjack has been making a name for himself on the court while also helping to put Byron Nelson hoops on the map. The Butler basketball signee leads the Dallas-area with an average of 29-points per game with over 2,500 points on his career; at the rate he's playing, Bizjack should easily surpass the 2,600 mark for his high school career. In a recent 78-49 victory over Haltom, Bizjack scored 51 points for the Bobcats-- more points than Haltom scored as an entire team while only playing three quarters-- breaking the previous Byron Nelson school record for points in a game at 43. The school posted about the accomplishment on Twitter:
Byron Nelson 78 Haltom 49
BN moves to 22-4. (7-1 Dist)
Congrats to @FBizjack for breaking BN school record for points in a game!! 51 tonight!!! 🔥🔥🔥🔥@hoopinsider@dfwvarsity@SportsDayHS@McFarland_Shawn@Gosset41pic.twitter.com/vMy1JZp2i9
— BN_Hoops (@BN_Hoops) January 25, 2023
Putting up incredible plays and numbers each time he steps onto the court, it's no wonder Bizjack is widely known as one of the greatest basketball players in the area. Following his performance against Haltom, VYPE reached out for an interview with the future Butler Bulldog.
You had an incredible game (breaking Byron Nelson's single game record). Tell me a little bit about the game, did you go into it knowing you'd be on fire?
"This was the second time we played Haltom. Both teams were familiar with each other. We wanted to come out aggressive from the start. My shot started to fall early and it got me going. I wanted to try to keep that flowing the whole game. Everything seemed to come together."
How does it feel having that sort of legacy to your name?
"It's an awesome feeling to know that my name is up there with the guys that came before me. I hope to leave a legacy for others to aspire to. I have an eleven year old little brother that I know will be gunning for all of my records."
When did you first start playing basketball- who got you interested in the sport?
"I started playing seriously in 5th grade. My mom played basketball in high school and college and it was our special thing. It still is to this day."
What athlete do you look up to and why?
"It's hard for me to look up to one athlete individually because I try so hard to be my own person, but from a basketball perspective, I take a lot from guys like Luca (Dončič), Jalen Brunson, Kyrie Irving, and even Steph Curry."
What is your go-to game day routine?
"Wake up at 5. Shots up at the gym at 5:30. School. Pre-game. Game. If my shot doesn't feel right in the game, I go back to the gym that night."
You have been compared to legends in the sport like "Pistol Pete" Pete Maravich- how does that effect your mindset when you're going into a game?
"It's an honor to ever be mentioned with the greats... I just hope that people recognize the work I put in hen I play. The games are my fun time."
What impact do you hope to have going into the rest of the season?
"We have set our sights high at Byron Nelson High. I hope to help my team reach our goals as a team this year."
What have been your personal goals this season?
"Consistency and accountability for my team."
What has been your favorite memory playing with Byron Nelson so far?
"The day to day grind with my teammates each year. They have ll been great and so have my coaches."
When committing to Butler, what stood out that made you want to be a part of their program?
"Coach Matta and Coach Mojo. Their belief in me and what I bring to the table made me feel right at home. After visiting the school and seeing the atmosphere surrounding the team. It just felt right."
What do you do when you aren't playing basketball?
Photo provided by Finley Bizjack
An all-around athlete with big goals not only for himself, but his team, Bizjack is on his way to being one of the greatest on the court. This season he has helped lead the Bobcats to a 23-4 overall record so far (7-1 in district play) and looks to continue the grind. With only four district games left between now and playoffs, be sure you catch Bizjack and the Bobcats in action on the court!
Their next game is Friday, January 27th against Keller in front of a home crowd. Tip-off is at 7 p.m.
Photo provided by Finley Bizjack
The Wichita Falls Hirschi basketball program has been building a legacy on the court over the last few years. After finishing as the UIL State Runner-Up, the Huskies are back on track to post another incredible playoff run. VYPE DFW takes a dive into the program so far this season!
Last season, the Huskies dominated the court. Finishing with an 81% winning percentage, Hirschi posted a 29-7 overall record (10-0 in district play). Through preseason play, the Huskies took down Dallas Pinkston, Crowley, Wichita Falls, Peaster, and more preparing for their district schedule. Going undefeated in district, the Huskies defeated Graham, Iowa Park, Mineral Wells, and more. The team outscored their district opponents by a combined 428 points en route to playoffs.
Throughout playoffs, the Huskies posted strong victories over the likes of Gatesville, Fort Worth Western Hills, Decatur, Hereford, Canyon, and Boerne, before eventually falling in the state title match-up against Dallas Oak Cliff Faith Family Academy.
So far this season, the Huskies are playing hard against their opponents. Through preseason play, Hirschi defeated Midlothian Heritage, Vernon, Ferris, Springtown, and more before opening up their district schedule. In district play, the team stands undefeated with a 2-0 record. With their third distrct game against Burkburnett being postponed to Wednesday, January 25th, the Huskies are looking to get back to the court and show off their talent.
The team is working hard to make another deep playoff run. As they prepare to take on Burkburnett, Sanger, Gainesville, and more through district play, fans can expect the Huskies to play smart and quick against their opponents. Be sure you catch the team in action this season!
Last year, the Burkburnett Lady Bulldogs posted an incredible season. Finishing their 2022 campaign as bi-district champions, the Lady Bulldogs have been on the mission to do much of the same this season. VYPE DFW takes a look at the team as they continue to work their way through district play and lay out exactly what fans can expect from the team moving forward.
Last season, the Lady Bulldogs posted a 21-14 overall record (8-2 in district play). Through non-district play, the team defeated the likes of Jacksboro, Bowie, Wichita Falls City View, Sherman and more as they prepared to put up a strong district battle. In district play, the team only posted two losses against tough Kennedale and Graham teams. Despite two losses, the team was able to finish second in their district and make a strong playoff appearance.
After defeating Lampasas 54-47 in the first round of playoffs, Burkburnett fell in a hard-fought 49-43 match against Bridgeport to end their season.
This season, the Lady Bulldogs have been working hard to get back to the playoffs. Their team posted a 7-17 overall record while posting a 3-1 district record. Despite tough losses through non-district play, the Lady Bulldogs were able to pull off victories over Archer city, Boyd, Petrolia, and more. Through district play, the team has picked up the pace and is ready to finish making strong plays on the court in each outing. So far, the team has defeated Wichita Falls Hirschi, Gainesville, and Wichita Falls.
The Lady Bulldogs are looking to get back on track on Wednesday, January 25th in a home game against Wichta Falls Hirschi. Coming off of a disappointing loss to Sanger, fans can expect to see the Lady Bulldogs playing strong throughout the rest of their district play with a great chance of making another playoff appearance.
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