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Boys' basketball: Harvard-Westlake to try out two point guards

November 18, 2013|By Eric Sondheimer

 The development of junior guard Alex Copeland over the summer is causing Harvard-Westlake Coach Greg Hilliard to allow Copeland and senior Mike Sheng to share point guard duties.

"They both have their strengths," Hilliard said.

Sheng is considered a better shooter, so if Copeland can handle the ball well, Sheng could get more scoring opportunities.

Copeland, though, was the talk of the summer for Harvard-Westlake.

"He's had the most improvement of any player over the summer," Hilliard said. "He's a different player."

It remains to be seen whether Harvard-Westlake can knock off Mission League powers Loyola, Chaminade and Crespi, but the Wolverines certainly aren't hurting for talent. Besides Copeland and Sheng, 6-foot-6 Derick Newton is back for his senior year.

"We get the luxury to surprise somebody if they take us lightly," Hilliard said.

Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com

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