Falcons prep for college play
by Izzy Shanks / Tracy Press
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Millennium High School basketball players Freddy Brindopke and Paul Hundal have both confirmed their plans to play basketball at the college level.

Brindopke plans to attend the University of Southern California, where he will major in health care. Brindopke already had an opportunity to play at Cal-Lutheran University, but he decided to instead pursue an education at USC and try to walk on as a freshman basketball player.

“I know that going to USC and trying to play basketball for the team will be a challenge,” Brindopke said. “Moving from small Tracy to huge L.A. will be a challenge, but if I learned anything from playing at Millennium, it’s been that any challenge that comes my way, I would take it on no matter of the outcome.

“I learned that in life, you got to aim for the moon, because if you don’t make it, you’ll still be among the stars.”

Hundal plans to attend University of California, Merced, and major in computer science. He said he met with the Merced basketball coach and expects to play on the Bobcats team in the upcoming school year.

“I believe that I am prepared to enter college,” Hundal said. “I feel that I have been preparing for this for the past four years.

“As for playing basketball at the next level, I feel that my high school coach, Mike Woods, has done an amazing job in preparing me and elevating my game. He has been a beacon of light, not just for me playing basketball but also for helping me mature into a young man.”

Both players thanked Woods and attributed their success to the coach. Each said that without his coaching and understanding of basketball and life, they would not be where they are now.

“I owe quite a bit to coach Woods,” Brindopke said, “because a lot of what he taught us has really helped me become the player I am today.”

In his senior year, Brindopke was the Falcons’ scoring leader, with 11.5 points per game. He also had 3.1 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game. Hundal averaged 4.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game in his senior year. Both players will graduate with honors — Brindopke has a grade-point average of 4.0, and Hundal will graduate with a GPA of 3.69.
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