Edens Fleurizard: Sharp Shooter
After playing his first year of competitive basketball in eighth grade, Edens “Fleugame” Fleurizard ’16 has come a long way. Fleurizard began to take serious interest in basketball after he played on a Shehan Center basketball team in middle school that finished with an astounding record of 67-3. He made the Hopkins Boys Varsity Basketball team as a freshman and has been a major key to the team’s success since.
Now a senior, Fleurizard co-captains the team with Drew Nolan ’16 and Charlie Zane ’16.
Fleurizard is not only a talented basketball player, but he also displays tremendous leadership skills. Assistant Coach Jim Walsh said, “Edens is an excellent captain who leads by example.” Eamonn Smith ’17 said, “He is always ready to help the new guys develop their games and answer any questions. Edens has personally been a huge influence on my growth as a basketball player.” John Sandberg ’17 said, “Edens not only works to improve his game every day, but he also pushes the rest of the team to get better, whether that is through organizing team scrimmages after practices or encouraging kids to attend every fall league game.”
The 6-foot-6 power forward also showcases an exceptional work ethic. Sandberg said, “Along with helping the team, he also puts in an effort to improve his game by getting into the gym early and staying late after practice.” Billy McGrath ’16 said, “He works hard and demands that others follow suit.”
Fleurizard also showcases a great attitude towards the game of basketball. Douglas Wardlaw ‘17 said of his captain, “He has an infectious energy that energizes the team everyday.” Fleurizard acknowledged that he is “not always going to be the best player on the floor at all times.” As a result, he said, “I always have to try to take care of the little things like diving on loose balls, crashing the boards, and being aggressive on the defensive end.”
At times Fleurizard wonders what it would have been like to start basketball at an early age. He said, “A lot of my teammates that I play basketball with [out of school] have played since they could walk and are now going to play at a high-level Division 1 program. So, sometimes I think about, if I had played sooner, if I would have been a different player.”
Walsh pointed out: “I’ve been around him for five years now and have watched him grow and mature into an excellent player. He will be an asset to his college team and some day we’re going to hear from him in the world of Business or Politics.”
Fleurizard has committed to play college basketball at Hobart. Meanwhile, he continues to contribute for Hopkins: on February 2, Fleurizard achieved a career milestone, surpassing the 1,000-point mark in a game against Hamden Hall.