Akram Hidmi of the Upper Arlington High School boys basketball team probably would hang out by the 3-point line whenever the Golden Bears are in the offensive zone if he could, but he knows that's not his role.

Akram Hidmi of the Upper Arlington High School boys basketball team probably would hang out by the 3-point line whenever the Golden Bears are in the offensive zone if he could, but he knows that's not his role.

Although Hidmi, a 6-foot-6 center, is more than capable of hitting 3-pointers, he is being counted on to give the Bears an inside presence.

"He envisions himself as a jump shooter, a guy who hangs around the perimeter," coach Tim Casey said. "He has the ability to step outside and hit shots. That's something we can take advantage of later this season, but right now we have enough guys who can shoot from the perimeter. For us to be successful, we need him to play around the basket. He needs to be our go-to guy inside."

Hidmi's role was different last season. He averaged six points coming off the bench, and many, if not most, of his shots were jumpers as the frontcourt included 6-5 center Travis Deisering and 6-6 forward Elliot Magoto.

But Deisering and Magoto have graduated, leaving holes in the frontcourt. Given his size, Hidmi was an obvious choice to help fill that void.

But according to Casey, changing roles "wasn't an easy adjustment" for Hidmi. Still, Casey likes the progress that Hidmi has made.

"He's really doing well," Casey said. "He's very unselfish, he's a team guy. He has unselfishly put the team first. When I talked to him about (changing roles), he said, 'OK, coach, I'm your guy.' I think he's realizing he can be effective around the basket."

Hidmi, a senior who scored 12 points in a 51-44 victory over Hilliard Darby last Friday, understands the importance of his role.

"It makes the team better," he said. "So far it's going (well). I just need to keep stepping up and keep working hard to be successful."

Hidmi has been a major contributor offensively. Through four games, he was averaging 12 points, third on the team behind guards Kevin Sullivan (17.8) and Brian Sullivan (13.3).

Hidmi scored a career-high 16 points in a 48-35 win over Wintersville Indian Creek on Dec. 6 and matched that total in a 69-62 overtime win over OCC-Central Division-rival Thomas Worthington on Dec. 9. His previous high was 14 points, which he scored in a 67-59 win over River Valley last season.

Most of Hidmi's shots have been taken from close to the basket, and through four games he had yet to make a 3-pointer. But he is holding out hope that he will get an opportunity to take a few 3-pointers before the season is over.

"I'm versatile," Hidmi said. "You can put me on the wing and I can hit the 3 or I can play inside and post up. I can shoot from anywhere."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedule for the UA boys basketball team:

Dec. 16 -- Defeated Lancaster 60-51. Kevin Sullivan had 22 points and Akram Hidmi, Brian Sullivan and Jeff Vaughn scored 10.

*Last Friday -- Def. Hilliard Darby 51-44

*Last Tuesday -- Played Central Crossing

Tuesday -- Home vs. Bloom-Carroll

Jan. 3 -- At Centerburg

Of note: The Bears were 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the OCC-Central before last Friday.

*OCC-Central game