Foster’s Ammar Husanovic isn’t your typical high school basketball player. You won’t find him playing video games very often, or hanging out in front of the TV all night. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find a moment in the day he isn’t putting to some good use.
In addition to basketball, the senior is earning college credits through Running Start and tutors at Cascade View Elementary.
“I have no free time anymore,” he said.
The activities may not leave him with much spare time now, but he knows it will be worth it down the road.
“I like working and I’m a hard worker,” he said. “I don’t mind doing all of this just to succeed.”
Husanovic was born in Bosnia and moved to America with his family in 1997 when he was three. Growing up as an only child, he learned early on that schoolwork came first.
“If I don’t get good grades, nothing turns out well,” he said. “Even if it means staying up until 3 a.m. to finish my project, I’ll finish it.”
The emphasis is working. Husanovic finished with a 3.9 GPA last quarter, even with the increased heft of the Running Start college courses. He plans on pursuing a degree in teaching next year.
That same work ethic has made Husanovic a huge asset to the Bulldogs basketball team.
“I rely on Ammar to do a lot of things,” said Foster coach Mike Broom. “He doesn’t back down from anything and he’s really somebody that I can count on all of the time.”
And Husanovic delivers more than those intangibles Broom loves. He’s leading the Bulldogs in rebounding with 6.2 rebounds per game. He also leads the team in field goal percentage, at 59 percent, and is tied for the team lead in charges taken.
This is also his first year on the varsity team. Husanovic played for the Foster JV team his freshman year, but then decided to focus on his academics. He made the choice to return last spring.
“He’s been very very committed, hard-working and reliable since the moment he agreed to play,” Broom said.
Foster is off to a 4-9 start overall with a 3-4 record in Seamount play. The Bulldogs are tied with Lindbergh and Renton for the second 2A seed in the league, and the top two seeds earn a guaranteed trip to the district tournament.
The team snapped an eight-game losing streak Jan. 11 with a 62-52 win against Lindbergh. Husanovic scored a season-high 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting in the game. He also picked up nine rebounds and two blocks.
Foster’s final regular season game is Feb. 3 at Lindbergh.