OWEGO (WBNG) -- Owego boys basketball is tired of being overlooked. The Indians (10-2, 7-0 STAC) have rolled off nine straight wins, and junior Kobe Bogart is a big reason why the Class B team is currently ranked No. 27 in the state.
"[Bogart] is one of a kind," Owego senior guard Dylan Evans said at practice Thursday.
"[Bogart] is just calm, cool and collective no matter how cliche that sounds," Owego head coach Chris Evans added.
With a first name like Kobe, it's only natural that the 6-foot-4 junior plays with a mamba-like mentality.
"Everyone always talks about how I'm named after Kobe Bryant," Owego junior guard/forward Kobe Bogart said.
Bogart is in fact named after future hall of famer, Kobe Bryant, but the Owego standout says he actually models his game after Boston Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum, a player who can dominate both in the paint and beyond the arc.
"[Bogart] is really good," said Dylan Evans. "I think he's the best player in the section. A lot of us do here. He's just unbelievable.
Wednesday night, Bogart dropped 28 points in the Indians comeback win over Corning. He also scored 28 at Vestal the first week of January.
Bogart is averaging 20.8 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game this season.
"[Bogart] wants to be the best shooter in Section IV," said Chris Evans. "That's one of his goals. He told me that last year. And he's well on his way."
Evans added at practice Thursday that Bogart is more than just a stellar athlete though.
"He's not a one-trick pony," said Chris Evans. "He's got a lot going on, and he's very bright, and he's introspective, and he's interesting, and he's funny at times. He's very witty, which tells me he's very smart."
Whether on the football field, basketball court or in the classroom, Bogart has one thing on his mind right now.
"After what happened last year," said Bogart in regards to Owego's home playoff loss to Vestal. "We got knocked out in the first round. It was kind of an upset. We want to come back and make a statement and show them that we mean business this year."
Only a junior, Bogart told 12 Sports that he'd like to play basketball at the collegiate level, but he has some time to figure all of that out.
In the meantime, Bogart and the Indians host Binghamton Friday night at 7:15 p.m. with a chance to extend their winning streak to ten.