AURORA | A profile look at Grandview senior Michaela Onyenwere, who is set to play for Team West in the inaugural A-Town All-Star Girls Game set for Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Cherokee Trail High School. The girls game is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. (buy tickets in advance: bit.ly/ATOWN2017):
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School: Grandview High School
2016-17 averages: 20.4 points, 8.7 rebounds, 3.5 steals, 2.6 assists
Season highlights: The 2016-17 season provided to be yet another step forward for the Grandview girls basketball team, which won the Class 5A state championship for the first time in program history after a decade of playing at a high level. Coach Josh Ulitzky’s Wolves had talent up and down the roster and a mix of experience and youth that combined on a team ranked in the top 10 in the country by several national publications. Senior Michaela Onyenwere put the finishing touches on one of the best prep careers in the history of Colorado girls prep basketball, as her final season included signing with a major Division I program in UCLA, becoming the first player from an Aurora school to be named a McDonald’s All-American, winning Colorado’s Gatorade Player of the Year Award for the third time and winning an elusive state title. She led Aurora players in scoring average at 20.4 points per game, which ranked second in 5A behind Tatum Rembao of Loveland (24.2 ppg), and she scored in double figures in 26 of her 27 games. Onyenwere had 13 double-doubles as she averaged 8.7 rebounds along with 3.5 steals and 2.6 assists per game. The All-Centennial League first team pick had her biggest games against the Wolves’ top Centennial League competition, Cherry Creek (a 5A semifinalist) as she averaged 33 points and 12 rebounds per game), while she scored 21 points or more in all five of Grandview’s playoff games, capped by 25 against Lakewood in the state championship game.
Onyenwere vs. Aurora teams: vs. Regis Jesuit (11 points, 12 rebounds; 23 points); vs. Smoky Hill (12 points, 6 rebounds, 7 steals; 18 points, 5 assists, 6 steals); vs. Cherokee Trail (9 points, 6 rebounds; 30 points, 11 rebounds, 7 steals); vs. Eaglecrest (25 points, 10 rebounds; 14 points, 12 rebounds); vs. Overland (22 points, 6 steals; 19 points, 7 rebounds)