Fadely boosts scoring output for Falcons
WOODSTOCK — Austin Fadely was aware before the season started that he would have to step up his game this season.
So far, the Central junior guard has definitely delivered. Fadely has been doing a little bit of everything for the Falcons, and helping them to a 4-2 start.
“He’s just been asked to do a lot of different things for us this year,” Central boys basketball coach Brandon Shields said. “He’s stepped in from a role of not the primary option in the offense last year to being the guy that we run a lot of stuff through. I’ve been really impressed with how he’s handled it and his maturity level, and just how good of a teammate he is.”
Last week was a prime example of Fadely’s variety for the Falcons. Fadely started his week off with a career-high 33 points in a victory over Warren County. He followed that up with 15 points in a win over Manassas Park, scoring his team’s last 15 points.
When his shot was falling early on against the Cougars, he was able to do other things to help the team. In a victory over Stonewall Jackson at the end of the week, Fadely led the team with 19 points. Even though he had a big week offensively, it wasn’t all about his scoring.
“He’s had to do different things [at] different times for us this week and he’s really embraced it,” Shields said. “He’s been a great teammate throughout the process. There have been times where he wasn’t shooting as well as he usually does, and there have been times where he’s stroking it. There are times when defenses key on him, and he does other things to help us.”
The impressive week earned Fadely The Northern Virginia Daily Male Athlete of the Week for the week of December 7-13.
Fadely said he was surprised at his 33-point performance, in which he was 11-for-18 from the field.
“Halftime, I didn’t know how I was doing,” Fadely said. “I was just in the groove. Then someone told me and I was shocked myself, because I’ve never even considered scoring that amount before.”
Fadely said his teammates helped him out a lot, and it was just a night where everything fell into place.
“Something was just clicking that night,” Fadely said. “I was hitting my shots. My teammates were hitting me with passes and I was just getting to the bucket. Something was in me that I haven’t had in myself for a long time that really let me shine in that performance.”
Last year was Fadely’s first at the varsity level, and he said he learned a lot from the senior class, which has helped him this season.
“That was a good learning year — catching up on the tempo,” Fadely said. “It’s such a big difference between JV to varsity. That one year is really getting me prepared for this year.”
While he can do a lot of different things for the Falcons, Fadely’s shooting is at the top of the list of his strengths.
“I think what makes him a good shooter is that he can drive it,” Shields said. “I think people respect his drive, his ability to get to the rim so much that he gets a little extra space.
” … He just shoots a lot. He works on his game, and good things happen when you work on your game. It’s not an accident that he’s able to shoot the ball.”
Fadely and the Falcons are off to a solid start, despite losing a lot of players from last year to graduation.
He said that he believes the team can be very successful this year.
“I feel like we’re the underdogs,” Fadely said. “Everyone says, ‘Oh, it’s just Central. They’re short, they can’t do anything.’ I feel like we can pull off some upsets this year, and make a run and maybe [win] a title.”
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