Santa Maria Sun / Athlete of the Week
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 13, Issue 49
Athlete of the Week: Case Bruton
BY COLIN PATRICK HODGES
For senior Case Bruton, the secret to success is hard work. The shooting guard from St. Joseph is the team’s leading scorer and a ball-hawk on defense. According to Knights head coach Tom Mott, the reason for Bruton’s success is attributed to his work ethic.
“Case is a good player because of the work he puts in during practice,” Mott said. “His willingness to repeatedly rep the fundamentals translates into his success on the court.”
Bruton’s training starts in the off-season. Every spring since his freshmen year, he’s commuted to Southern California to compete in Amateur Athletic Union basketball for the Los Angeles Rockfish. Since he spends countless hours in the gym honing his skills, Bruton’s success is a product of repetition and a desire to win.
“I love basketball because I love to compete, play hard, and win,” he said. “I have always been amazed at the joy and satisfaction that simply putting a ball through a basket can bring me.”
For Bruton, though, playing basketball is more than just winning. It’s about being around his teammates, and enjoying the moment together.
“Our team chemistry is very good this year,” he said. “We have come together around the philosophy of Ubuntu: I am because we are. We enjoy playing with one another, and we’re friends on and off of the court.”
Bruton says the seniors have done a nice job leading the team this year, and even though they didn’t achieve their goal of winning the league title, the team is still hungry heading into the playoffs.
“We plan on making a deep run in the playoffs,” he said. “We want a CIF title.”
After the season ends, Bruton plans to keep working on his craft, preparing mentally and physically for the next level.
“I am going to play college basketball, and I look forward to fulfilling a dream that I have had since I was a little kid,” he said. “I am going to miss my team tremendously. I will miss playing together, competing, and sacrificing for one another under a common goal.”