November 24, 2010
Gotcher focused on senior year
Garland (Texas) Lakeview Centennial shooting guard Toddrick Gotcher is two games into his senior season and has already noticed a difference in his on-court mentality compared to where he was just a year ago.
"It feels good because I've finally gotten the pressure of recruiting off of me and I can just focus on my team, and trying to win a state championship," Gotcher said. "The first couple of games have gone okay. We're still trying to fix some things as a team, but I think we've played alright considering how early in the season it is."
"I feel like I'm able to play with a much clearer mind these days, and that's definitely going to help me and my team this year. Basketball gets lost in all of the recruiting business, but it's great to just get back to what has given me these opportunities in the first place. I feel like I'm much more relaxed and at ease this year."
With only a limited amount of time left to prepare for the transition to the college game, Gotcher has already pinpointed a couple of areas where he'd like to improve.
"I want to get better at distributing the ball. I'm probably going to be playing the one or the two when I get to Tech, so I'm wanting to get a lot better at getting my teammates involved," he said. "In high school it's kind of easy to take over a game sometimes, but I want to be able to set up my teammates for success on the court as well."
The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder is hoping to catch the Red Raiders in person this season, and he said that his best chance would probably be when they take on Baylor in Waco. He's been impressed with the 2011 class that he officially made himself a part of just a couple of weeks ago.
"I think this is going to be the class that really gets our program headed in the right direction. I know Coach Knight has been working hard to get more guys to fit his style of play, and this will be his first top-to-bottom class all from the high school level. I think we're going to only help this team continue to get better and get closer to what Coach Knight is wanting to see on the floor."
"It's a blessing first of all. Not everyone gets an opportunity like this and I'm just thankful to know where I'm going to be headed when I graduate," he said. "I'm glad to have the recruiting stuff over with, and I'm happy to be a Red Raider."
Gotcher committed to Tech in September over offers from Auburn, Baylor, Drake, Houston, North Texas, Pennsylvania, SMU, Tulane, and UTEP among others.
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