Some players like to talk trash on the basketball court.
T.F. North senior Deandre Lowery barely likes to talk at all.
While the Meteors point guard is as quiet as they come -- both on and off the court -- his game is plenty when it comes to sending a message to opponents.
"He's been like that ever since I've known him," Meteors' head coach Tim Bankston said of Lowery. "He's just a very quiet kid. He doesn't like to do a whole lot of talking."
Bankston will be the first to admit that the strong silent type is not ideal in a position like point guard. But Lowery makes it work, and had become more audible on the court this year.
"He's gotten better (over) the last couple years of being more vocal on the floor as far as running what we need to run," the Meteors' coach said. "Early on it was a pain in the butt, but I don't have to tell him to (speak up) anymore. He's a senior, he knows what he has to do."
"I've had to speak up more because we have some young guys on the team this year," Lowery said. "It's important that me and the other seniors step up and help them out."
Lowery said his role as a leader was even more important this year because of the loss of last season's Times Player of the Year, Sean Montgomery.
"It was tough getting used to things without Sean down there (on the block)," said Lowery. "But everyone had to adjust and step up their own game."
In addition to turning up the volume, Lowery has turned up the jets late in the season. The senior has averaged more than 10 points per game down the stretch for the Meteors.
Perhaps even more important than his offensive impact, Lowery also plays a strong perimeter defense, the lifeblood of T.F. North basketball.
"As of late he's been playing really well," Bankston said. "(The seniors) are all stepping up here at the end of the year. Hopefully we can get one more on Tuesday night."
Bankston was referring to North's Class 3A Rich South Sectional semifinal tonight against Brooks.
In addition to the champions of Chicago, the loaded sectional field also features defending state champion Hillcrest, and perhaps the state's best player in Wayne Blackshear of Morgan Park.
In what might just be the most talented sectional in any class in the state, Lowery and company are anxious to prove that they belong.
"We just have to play our game," a quiet but confident Lowery said. "If we come out with strong defense and execute we'll be okay."