Chaz Sardin says he wasn’t always this kind of a shooter.
“When I first started playing, I couldn’t really shoot,” Sardin explained “(Then) I started working in the summer, before practice and early mornings. I have been working at every day. I was afraid to shoot when I was younger. Now I have a lot of confidence in myself and teammates.”
Now he’s blossomed into one of the top outside threats in the Peoria area. In the title game of the Peoria Heights Thanksgiving Tournament, Sardin hit 11 three-pointers in a 43-point scoring effort.
The 5-foot-10 point guartd admits he’s almost always been the smallest guy on the floor when he plays basketball. He started working on his shot when he followed his sister to pick-up games years ago.
“I grew with my sister,” said Sardin. “She used to play basketball with boys. I would play with them and got used to it.”
Now he’s a leader of a Quest Academy team that is 19-1 and state-ranked.
“He understands now, after four years with the coaches, what we want him to do and how to do it,” said Quest coach Michael Jenkins. “That’s paying off for him right now.”
Monday, on an official visit to Neosha County Community College, Sardin received his first scholarship offer. He thinks of himself as an underdog in the recruiting game.
And he is believes his team is being viewed as underdog, even though it has won 19 of its first 20 games.
“We’re still the underdogs of the city,” said Sardin. “People think we aren’t as good. We are showing them that we can play just as good as District 150 or a Peoria team.”