When Evergreen head boys basketball coach Scott Haebe sees Colin Elmgreen out on the floor he sees a little of himself. Maybe not so much literally, but figuratively.
Elmgreen, as Evergreen’s point guard, has to be that captain every time the Cougars run up and down the court and Haebe knows that. He is the catalyst who makes Evergreen’s offense run.
“He’s my point guard, so he’s got to be an extension of me on the floor. That’s something I’ve always valued is my point guard over the years. So with him having played two years for me he knows what I want on the floor,” Haebe said. “He’s really grown a lot as a player and as a person, as a leader, which is really good to see.”
But playing the point position wasn’t always a smooth transition for Elmgreen. He’s had to adjust through the years from the shooting threat he was coming into EHS. But it’s a role he has embraced.
“I really had to get used to passing the ball, which that sounds selfish,” Elmgreen said. “But I was more passing than shooting to the point last year that (the coaches) got mad at me because I wasn’t shooting enough. This year, I’ve found a pretty good balance between the two. It’s a pretty hard transition. It just took some time.”
Haebe concurred with those sentiments.
“When he came in from middle school he was more of a scorer and a shooter than he was as as point guard. He’s had to become a point guard,” Haebe said. “He’s evolved into that role very successfully I think.”
Last season, when Evergreen went 16-9 and reached the 4A Sweet 16, Elmgreen did a little of everything. He only averaged 5.5 points per game, but that’s the second most, behind only Andre Lane, of any player returning from last year’s squad. He led the team in assists (57), was third in rebounds (51) and third in steals (40). Only Lane, among players returning, had more points, rebounds and steals. Lane led the team in all three categories in 2011-12.
But Elmgreen is confident that even though Evergreen graduated six seniors — he is one of four returning as is Lane — that the Cougars can be a force to be reckoned with in the 4A Jeffco League this season.
“I think so. I think our team could do really (well). I think we could be a real contender to win our league this year if we play how we’re supposed to,” Elmgreen said.
Head coach: Scott Haebe
Assistant coaches: Jordan Deignan, Ryan Haebe, Adam Wogan, Tom Warren
Conference: 4A Jeffco League
2011-12 record: 16-9
Players to watch: Andre Lane, Sr., G/F; Colin Elmgreen, Sr., PG; Chase Kelley, F, Sr.; Joey Thavis, Sr., F/C
Season opener: Nov. 28, William Smith, 7 p.m.
Outlook: Evergreen graduated six seniors and returns just four, but of those four the Cougars have Lane and Elmgreen, who are in their third year of seeing varsity action.
Quotable: “I think offensively we’ve got a really good shooting team this year. Our quickness defensively should help us,” Scott Haebe said. “D’Evelyn is the pick of the league, but after that it’s a toss-up. Golden will be good, Green Mountain will be good. We should be up there battling for one of those top three or four spots.”