On the eve before the winter sports season official started in all Montgomery County Public Schools one Clarksburg basketball player knows where he will be playing after high school.
The Germantown resident, Andrew Kostecka, the Coyotes outstanding senior guard signed a letter of intent to play his college basketball with the Division I Loyola University Greyhounds. The 6-foot, 4-inch senior is the first Division I basketball player to come out of Clarksburg High School.
”This means a lot,” said Kostecka. “I am really thankful for the opportunities that I have had. And being able to say that I’ve made it, just means a lot for me.”
Kostecka, a 6-foot-4 guard, averaged 11.9 points per game at Clarksburg while also pulling down 5.4 rebounds and averaging 2.0 assists per contest. He was a Washington Post All-Met Honorable Mention player as a junior and earned All-Montgomery County recognition from the Gazette.
His high school coach said that while Kostecka is usually pretty reserved once he is on the court he shows his leadership ability. “Andrew is vocal with his teammates,” said Clarksburg basketball coach George Kissal, “and has really become clear on the ‘big picture’ of what we are trying to do. We are very proud of him. On the floor, he does a lot of things very well. He can really shoot the ball, a very good ballhandler and surprises people all the time with his athletic ability. The thing I like best about him though is his ‘feel’ for the game. Andrew knows how to play, and can make his teammates better when he facilitates for them.”
As a junior last year, Kostecka thought that he had his future sewed up when he committed to Holy Cross University in November of 2014, but the coach at Holy Cross got fired and that forced him to change his plans.
“I had previously accepted at Holy Cross, and then the coach got fired,” he said. After that fell through, Kostecka received a scholarship offer from St. Francis and was receiving interest from other schools including Lehigh, Penn, Navy, and Quinnipiac.
“Loyola is a great school for me,” he said. “Academically, it will challenge me in the classroom and basketball-wise it is good competition for me. When you add those components together it makes for a great fit for me.”
“I am going to come in and work as hard as I can,” said Kostecka. “As a freshman I will have to compete just like anyone else. If I work hard, I think I will be able to get minutes as a freshman. The ultimate goal is to help the team win.”
Before he puts on the green and grey of Loyola he has to finish his high school career at Clarksburg. Practice with Coach Kissal started on Saturday and the Coyotes will play their first scrimmage on Thursday versus Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, Va. Clarksburg will open their regular season at home against Urbana on Friday, Dec. 4 at 7:15.
Top photo by Ed Sheahin
Bottom photo by Germantown Pulse.