The Las Positas men’s basketball team boasts an imposing H Factor in big men Anand Hundal and Peter Hewitt.
The 6-foot-10 forwards patrol the paint and control the boards, hauling down 18.2 rebounds a game combined.
Las Positas coach James Giacomazzi gives his H Factor high marks, describing Hundal as “one of the state’s best forwards, hands down,” and lauds Hewitt’s versatility and work above the rim. Hewitt, a freshman out of St. Francis High-Mountain View, has signed with Tulsa, and Hundal, a sophomore out of Manteca, appears on track for Division I play, averaging 14.1 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.4 blocks a game.
In high school, Hewitt led the Lancers to West Catholic Athletic League titles in 2015 and 2016, averaging 11 points, eight rebounds and two blocks. His dramatic dunk with 10.6 seconds left beat WCAL rival Serra 54-52 on Jan. 8, 2016. Clearly, Hewitt has assimilated well with his new teammates.
“Peter’s a fun guy on and off the court,” Hundal says of the transfer from UC Davis who has an impressive 61.2 field goal percentage and averages 8.3 boards and 8.2 points a game. “I enjoy playing with him. He’s a new face and so there was an adjustment period. I think we’re starting to get rolling and, hopefully, playing our best starting now and leading up to January.” A leader by example, Hundal has worked hard in the offseason to take his game up a notch.
“We did a lot of conditioning and strength workouts over the summer, got in a lot better shape, so that’s helped me a lot at the start of the season,” Hundal says. “And then just working on our craft trying to get better: shooting the ball, posting up, passing, rebounding, everything basically, and defense.”
Hundal, who had a season-high 23 points against Cosumnes River on Nov. 16, including draining three 3-pointers, has felt overlooked by Division I programs the past two years, which fuels his fire. But he is definitely on the radar today.
“Every time I step onto the floor I have something to prove to all the coaches that didn’t think I was good enough,” he says. “So, getting calls and having people talk to you about Division I just motivates you to go out and play better.”
From a development perspective, Hundal and Hewitt have landed in the right place. Giacomazzi, himself a former big man on the court, is known for advancing big men in his system. Two power brokers from last year’s team have moved up: Donald Mims is with Brock University in Canada and Stokley Chaffee is at Tennessee State.
The current team is building toward its opener in the powerful Coast-North against East Bay-rival Ohlone on Jan. 3 at Las Positas. The Hawks (10-4), ranked 10th in the state in the Dec. 4 CCCMBCA poll, will host Folsom Lake at 6 p.m. on Friday, fresh off a runner-up finish in the Skyline Tournament.
No doubt the Hawks’ H Factor will play a big role as things unfold.