I’d guess he sees potential.
Now, I’m not sure where you live(which alters the league system), but in Estonia, we have age groups, not middle school, high school etc. Right now I play U16(16 or younger, with some criterias), but I’ve been selected to play in U18 sometimes. And a couple of times I was actually playing a lot, not just being an end-of-the-bench emergency option. That gave me confidence and helped me to transform from that player that freezes when I get the ball, to the joint-first scoring option role. There were guys on our team who were towering over me and were more skilled as well. I initially thought that the U18 coach was just favoring me because I got along really well with him(sadly, he doesn’t coach our age group anymore, but we have an awesome new coach), but then came the sudden realisation: we went to a tournamentwith a couple of additional players, because it was a 2000 tournament, our club’s 2000 pool was small and we had just merged with another team. I practically didn’t play. I got mad, but then I sat back and realised that the additional players were all borderline youth NT players. Afterwards I haven’t sadly had that oppurtunity because I was injured for a couple of months.
That’s my story. To me, the circumstances seem quite the same. So I’d guess, based on my personal experience(this and a couple of other stories) as a player, he sees you got what the team needs. Actually I just realised: Coach played me because I never gave up on a play. I was relentlessly after every loose ball and rebound. They needed that and so coach played me. The players that were better than me were new to playing center, so most of them didn’t exactly know what to do. I had played mostly center and still do sometimes(even though I’m 15 and 6′1/185cm, I’m the second tallest on our U16 team) and my expertise was rebounding. The others were mainly shooters/dribblers, but they didn’t have a pure rebounder.
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