While some high school basketball players around the Imperial Valley don't start thinking about the season until it kicks off in November, at least one Central Union High basketball player is hard at work trying to get an edge on his competition.
As a member of the El Centro-based CRU traveling basketball team, Robert Christensen is on the hard wood day in and day out preparing for the upcoming high school season.
Last weekend in the CRU's 63-45 victory over the Coachella Valley Boys and Girls Club, the 16-year-old, who will be a junior next year, recorded 12 points and pulled down seven boards to help the CRU improve to 17-8 this year.
"We've been playing a lot of good teams with some really good players. And we know that the work we're putting in right now is helping us for the upcoming season," said the 6-foot-2 Christensen. "We've been playing teams from the Los Angeles area, San Diego area and (Coachella area). We play those tough teams so when the regular (high school) season starts it won't seem as tough."