As the point guard position continues to evolve at all levels of basketball, high school players are no exception. But even as Josh Serrano scored his 1,500th point for Amityville’s boys basketball team Wednesday night, he didn’t do it solely focusing on scoring.
“Josh is a very unselfish player,” coach Gordon Thomas said. “He can score 30 but if he needs to get his team involved, he’s very unselfish. He’ll get 10 assists but he knows when he needs to take over a game and he has the talent to do that.”
Serrano scored his 1,500th varsity point as part of a 25-point effort in a 77-52 victory over Hampton Bays. The senior guard scored 18 of his 25 points in the first half and finished with six assists.
“It means a lot, it’s truly a blessing,” Serrano said. “I don’t know if a lot of people have done it before but I wouldn’t have been able to do it without my family, my friends, everyone that supports me. I’m really glad I made it that far.”
But Serrano, who Thomas said has incredible quickness on the floor, understands his job isn’t only to score. It’s to orchestrate the offense, control the tempo, find the open players — and of course — when needed, put the ball in the basket. He’s averaging 26 points per game, with two 40-point performances.
“It’s not all about scoring,” the 5-11 Serrano said. “At the next level, you have to always play defense, distribute the ball and execute and all that. It’s not just about scoring for me. It’s about everything.”
Serrano said he models his game off Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics and admires his ability to create.
“He’s can score whenever he wants and I try to do the same thing,” Serrano said. “But he always gets the team involved and he’s always vocal on the court.”
But as the individual accolades are nice for Serrano, he’s focused on bringing a championship to the Warriors, which are off to a 15-1 start, including 12-0 in Suffolk VI.
“We work hard every single day, can’t take anything as a joke,” Serrano said. “This is my last year, this is really a moment I’ve been dreaming of for a while and I really want to bring it back to Amityville and win states.”