AURORA | A profile look at Hinkley senior Jayquawn Thompson, who is set to play for Team East in the second A-Town All-Star Boys Game set for March 18, 2017, at Cherokee Trail High School. The boys game is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. or immediately following the girls game that begins at 3 p.m. (buy tickets in advance: bit.ly/ATOWN2017):
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School: Hinkley High School
2016-17 averages: 18.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.4 steals, 0.8 blocks per game
Season highlights: The 2016-17 season marked a significant upgrade in competition for the Hinkley boys basketball team, which scheduled a variety of the state’s best teams — including Class 5A Final Four teams George Washington and ThunderRidge — plus a variety of other programs used to postseason play. Coach Calvin Kelley challenged his Thunderbirds to rise to their competition and in general they did so, though a number of games got away (five losses by five or fewer points) that hurt the won-loss record. Generally speaking, Hinkley put up a fight each time on the floor and generally got a significant spark from senior guard Jayquawn Thompson, who rocketed from 4.3 points per game as a junior to 18.8 points per game this season, third-best among Aurora players. He scored in double figures in all 19 games he played in and tallied 20 or more points eight times, with a reliable 3-point and a willingness to attack the basket in his arsenal. Thompson improved statistically across the board on his way to making the All-EMAC second team, as he also averaged 4.6 rebounds, 2.4 steals and 0.8 blocked shots per game. He will play on Team East in the second A-Town All-Star Boys Game.
Thompson vs. Aurora teams: vs. Smoky Hill (10 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals); vs. Regis Jesuit (18 points); vs. Gateway (17 points, 5 rebounds, 8 steals); vs. Vista PEAK Prep (20 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals); vs. Aurora Central (16 points)