A-Town All-Stars 2017 (Team West): Smoky Hill’s Will Becker


Smoky Hill High School Will Becker on Friday March 03, 2017 at Smoky Hill High School. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel
Junior big man Will Becker led Class 5A in rebounding and blocked shots during the 2016-17 season, a big factor as the Smoky Hill boys basketball team went from four wins a year ago to 16. He will play for Team West in the second A-Town All-Star Boys Game, scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on March 18, 2017, at Cherokee Trail High School. (Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel)

AURORA | A profile look at Smoky Hill junior Will Becker, who is set to play for Team West in the second A-Town All-Star Boys Game set for Saturday, 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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Boys A-Town All-Star Game returns after strong debut

WILL BECKER

School: Smoky Hill High School

Year: Junior

Height: 6-foot-8

2016-17 averages: 9.3 points, 11.3 rebounds, 4.4 blocks, 0.9 steals per game

Smoky Hill High School Will Becker on Friday March 03, 2017 at Smoky Hill High School. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel
Smoky Hill junior Will Becker. (Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel)

Season highlights: The Smoky Hill boys basketball team turned in perhaps the most significant one-season improvement in the state of Colorado, as coach Anthony Hardin’s team rebounded from a four-win season to 16 wins and a trip to the Class 5A Sweet 16 in the 2016-17 season. Injuries and inexperience contributed to last season’s struggles, but the Buffaloes put those things behind them and took off in the new season, keeping the majority of their players on the floor for the whole season and playing the type of basketball that few other teams could keep up with. Size was one of the things the Buffaloes had in their favor for most of the season and Will Becker was a large part of that and did much more than just take up space. The extremely active 6-foot-8 junior post tied for the lead in 5A in rebounding at 11.3 boards per contest (and had two more total rebounds than Kam Vincel of Prairie View, who also averaged 11.3 per game), while he led the classification in total blocks shots (102) and average (4.4), all while chipping 9.3 points per game. The All-Centennial League first team selection will play on Team West in the second A-Town All-Star Boys Game.

Becker vs. Aurora teams: vs. Hinkley (9 points, 12 rebounds, 5 blocks); vs. Rangeview (3 points, 13 rebounds, 5 blocks, 4 assists); vs. Vista PEAK Prep (16 points, 16 rebounds, 3 blocks); vs. Cherokee Trail (13 points, 16 rebounds, 4 blocks; 7 points, 11 rebounds, 4 blocks); vs. Grandview (7 points, 7 rebounds, 5 blocks; 9 points, 5 rebounds); vs. Overland (16 points, 11 rebounds, 5 blocks; 4 points, 9 rebounds, 4 blocks); vs. Eaglecrest (7 points, 8 rebounds, 6 blocks; 8 points, 11 rebounds, 5 blocks)