PLANO – Indian Creek boys basketball coach Joe Piekarz calls senior center Garrison Govig “by far” the tallest player in the Little Ten Conference.
Having a guy who stands at 6-foot-9, someone who can be a force inside and take on double teams, is a luxury for any high school basketball team.
It’s especially big for a Class 1A school when players who have the size to physically match up with Govig are few and far between.
“It’s an advantage,” Piekarz said. “He does a nice job of using the size, using his body to create things and most other teams we face don’t have another 6-9 guy. So, it’s always an advantage for us.”
These days, Govig has developed his game enough where he faces constant double and triple teams. It can be frustrating for him, but at the same time it opens up space for Indian Creek’s guards.
However, when Govig arrived on the varsity basketball scene as a sophomore, he was far from the player he is today.
“When I was a sophomore playing on varsity that was kind of a wake-up call to me, that you actually have to go to the basket,” Govig said. “You can’t just turn around and shoot. You have to be strong.”
Piekarz said that now, Govig doesn’t just rely on his 6-9 frame to put the ball in the basket and he’s worked to develop some post moves. The main one Piekarz points out is a jump hook where Govig can turn over his shoulder and just drop the ball in the basket.
“Last year is when I really started to use that a lot,” Govig said. “Sophomore year I started, and then this last year that became my go-to move.”
Of course, Govig is now a known name in the Little Ten circles. Piekarz said teams have five players in the lane at times, making it tough for Indian Creek to get the ball inside to its main scoring threat.
“A lot of times they dare our guards to beat them,” Piekarz said. “And our guards, for the most part, do a pretty good job.”
At 6-9, Govig is able to shoot over the double team at times, or he’s able to get the ball out to the perimeter and hope the pressure on him relaxes.
Govig said that one big difference in his game as an experienced senior is just the fact that he’s able to make things happen in the lane.
“I think one of the main things is I’m just more aggressive. Confidence is a big thing and knowing that if you go up strong, you’re either going to get a good look, or you’re going to get fouled, or it’s going in,” Govig said. “Just being strong with the basketball.”