Humza Khan

Humza Khan is the driving force behind the Cowichan Junior Thunderbirds basketball team’s offense.

“Humza’s our point guard,’’ said Junior T-Birds’ co-coach Lucky Walia.

“We expect a lot from him. He needs to organize our team, whether a team’s pressing us, they’re in zone, they’re in man. He initiates most of what we do.’’

It’s a big responsibility, Walia concedes, but the Grade 10 Cowichan Secondary student has been handling it well this season, making the team among the province’s 10 best with a chance to move up in the rankings.

Playing so many top teams from the Lower Mainland has been beneficial, Khan, 15, said.

“It gives us some experience of what good teams are going to be like. I think the more and more we play, the more and more we get better.’’

Khan started playing basketball in Grade 4 and honed his skills on Mount Prevost teams from Grades 7 to 9 before coming to Cowichan.

Going to Gonzaga with the senior T-Birds fueled his desire to improve.

“I’ve been working on it really hard with Lucky and (co-coach Graham) Scargall so that’s helped me a lot,’’ he said.

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