VERONA, NJ - With an impressive record and a winning attitude, Zack Zaccone has already proven himself as a force to be reckoned with on the basketball court. Now, he has proven himself even further, as TAP into Verona/Cedar Grove’s Hillbilly Athlete of the Week.

“It feels great to be the athlete of the week,” Zaccone said. “I owe it to my coaches and teammates.”

Although Zaccone said the season got off to a slow start with two losses, the Hillbillies have only been improving and now have a 13-4 record. To Zaccone, those wins have been the highlight of the season, especially since the boys have been beating big schools, earning them the ranking of number one in the group one section.

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The high school senior has been a huge part of those wins, individually earning a total of 140 points so far this season.

Even with successes and wins, Zaccone said one challenge is getting every teammate to care about winning games as much as he does and share the same passion that he does.

“I love playing basketball because I’m good at it,” Zaccone said of his passion for the game. “And I get to be with my friends.”

Coach Eric McElroy described Zaccone as a versatile player and an all-around great athlete.

“Zack is a dynamic athlete who we count on to do anything from guarding other teams’ best players to breaking pressure,” McElroy said. “His versatility allows us to get different looks on both ends of the floor.”

Zaccone hopes to get first or second in the conference and hopes his team will take home a states win.