AURORA | A profile look at Eaglecrest senior Colbey Ross, who is set to play for Team West 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: Eaglecrest High School
2016-17 averages: 18.4 points, 5.0 assists, 4.9 rebounds, 2.4 steals per game
Season highlights: The Eaglecrest boys basketball team came into the 2016-17 season with high expectations as a large number of players returned from a team that made it to last season’s Class 5A state championship game and a runner-up finish to Centennial League rival Overland. Coach John Olander’s Raptors handled the spotlight well all season long and managed to finish on top as they completed a 24-4 season by beating George Washington to win the 5A state title. Olander walked off the floor for the last time as coach with a state title, as did a senior group headed by senior Colbey Ross, Aurora’s premier individual talent. Ross was selected as last season’s Colorado Gatorade Player of the Year and even elevated his game as a senior, delivering incredible leadership in addition to clutch skills. A four-year varsity player who earned the most votes in all-conference voting from Centennial League coaches, Ross increased his statistical production in every category save scoring, which was almost equal at 18.4 points per game (18.6 last season). Ross crossed the 1,000-point mark for his career early in the season and went on to score in double figures in all but two games, while he also led his team in assists (5.0 apg), rebounds (4.9) and steals (2.4 spg). Ross — who played in last season’s A-Town All-Star Game — will play on Team West in the second A-Town All-Star Boys Game.
Ross vs. Aurora teams: vs. Overland (20 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals; 10 points, 11 assists, 5 steals); vs. Grandview (24 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists; 20 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists); vs. Smoky Hill (25 points, 5 assists, 4 steals; 12 points, 5 rebounds); vs. Cherokee Trail (28 points, 7 assists; 17 points, 9 assists); vs. Rangeview (17 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals)