AURORA | A profile look at Aurora Central senior Larry Thomas, 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 online: bit.ly/ATOWN2017):
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School: Aurora Central High School
2016-17 averages: 16.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.0 steal per game
Season highlights: With a new coach on the bench for the first time in nearly a decade, things were definitely going to look different for the Aurora Central boys basketball team during the 2016-17 season. And different they were, as coach Rob Harrison’s group managed a single win after the program won 18 games the previous year. The Trojans battled to be sure, but with an almost completely new group of faces on the varsity, inexperience came through in key moments and led to quite a few frustrating losses. The lone returning player with significant varsity experience was senior guard Larry Thomas, a four-year varsity player whose game blossomed as he took on a more central role after playing a supporting role to last season’s senior-heavy group. Thomas shot sparingly as a junior and averaged just 4.6 points per game, but he exploded offensively as a senior, scoring at a 16.2 points-per-game clip. He also upped his numbers in rebounds (3.3 rpg), assists (1.8 apg) and steals (1.0 spg) on his way to All-EMAC second team honors. Thomas — whose brother LD played in the A-Town All-Star Game last season — will play on Team East in the second A-Town All-Star Boys Game.
Thomas vs. Aurora teams: vs. Vista PEAK (13 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals); vs. Rangeview (7 points, 2 assists); vs. Gateway (28 points, 3 assists); vs. Hinkley (29 points, 5 rebounds)