EAST HANOVER, NJ- Starting off on a recreational basketball team in fourth grade, Hanover Park’s Michael Boeckel recently discovered he was top in the state for assists.

“It felt good,” Boeckel said. “A lot of my hard work is paying off.”

After years of practice and many hours with his private coach, the teen made major improvements. In eighth grade, Boeckel was named MVP at a state tournament, which his team won. Although, he admitted he had his awkward days on the court.

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“I wasn’t too good,” the junior said. “I really liked it once I got older.”

Boeckel credited his daily training throughout the year for helping him improve his speed, awareness and ability to get his teammates open. However, the point guard’s biggest incentive came from somewhere else.

“I come from a big family, so family is my number one,” Boeckel said. “Everyone’s supportive, and they are really happy for me.”

Name: Michael Boeckel

Grade: 11

Sport: basketball

Position: point guard

Fun fact about yourself: top in state for assists

Fun Facts

Dream job: CPA

Pet peeve: long nails

Role model: my father

Greatest goal you hope to accomplish in life: college basketball and have a family

Favorites

Song to work out to: Swang by Rae Sremmurd

Movie: The Blind Side

Book: Believe by Eric LeGrand

Sport to watch: college basketball

College team: University of Kentucky

Professional team: Cleveland Cavaliers

Food: chicken cutlets

Vacation: Charleston, South Carolina

Just For Fun

Biggest accomplishment so far: MVP in state tournament in 8th grade

Best class you’ve taken at HP: Sports Management

Best teacher you’ve had at HP: Mr. Lunetta

Where someone can find you after school: Madison Courts working out with my trainer, Greg