The Hopkinton High basketball team if off to good start to their season, heading into the New Year with a 3-2 record. The team has talent throughout the roster, led by Senior captain Tommy Chatten. In his second year on varsity, Chatten has made big strides.
Head Coach Tom Keene has led the Hillers for the past 20 years, last year finishing with 14-7 record. Though Keene regards Chatten as their best shooter, he says his talents extend further.
“Along with shooting, Tommy sees the floor well and makes smart plays. He’s doing a fantastic job leading the team, and he loves basketball. He’s really taken on the role as a senior and captain.”
We sat down with Tommy to learn more about him and his goals for the season.
You were awarded the captainship this year. What does that mean to you? As a captain, I am a leader on and off the court and a mentor, and a good role model to the underclassmen. Making sure that we all come together as a team.
How has the responsibility felt so far? It can be challenging at times. We all have jobs on the court and it’s mine to make sure that we all communicate and work well as a team.
We noticed a big improvement in your game over last season. What did you do to prepare this offseason? Over the summer I lifted weights and conditioned in the gym for several hours a day. I kept up my skills by playing with my teammates at the outdoor courts or at the Boston Sports Club.
Thinking back, has basketball always been a big part of your life? Have you played any other sports? Basketball was always my number one sport. However, I did play football from third grade to my Freshman year. I decided to choose one sport and really work on those skills.
Even further, it seems like basketball is deeply rooted in your family. Tell me more about that. Yes, it definitely is. My aunt Kerri is a Hopkinton High School graduate and was a D1 basketball player at Providence College. She’s currently the HHS Girls assistant varsity coach. My grandfather also played D3 at Fitchburg State. So basketball has been a part of my family for a long time.
Who are your mentors? A lot of people have mentored and motivated me to be where I am at today. My family has always been supportive, cheering me on all these years. I’ve had great coaches, and my Aunt has given me lots of good advice along the way too.
Tell me about your goals for the season. Winning the TVL and becoming a TVL All-Star.
What is the best part of this Hillers team? We have an amazing bond. We are all good friends on and off the court.
Are there any post-high school plans in the works? I’m hoping to play college basketball.
Best pregame song? Run this Town by Rihanna and Jay-Z!
What do pre and post-game look like for you? Any particular routine? Pre-game is a lot of stretching, hydration, and a good meal! Post-game we go out as a team and celebrate, take a hot shower, and get lots of rest.