AURORA | A profile look at Grandview junior Ben Boone, 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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School: Grandview High School
2016-17 averages: 8.2 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.7 steals per game
Season highlights: Grandview proved that it had much more fortitude than in the recent past during the 2016-17 season, during which the Wolves lasted the longest among Aurora teams as an undefeated (10 games) and made a run at the Centennial League championship before coming in second to Eaglecrest. Coach Michael Rogers’ team got the program back to the Great 8 round of the Class 5A state playoffs for the first time in nearly a decade, where Grandview’s run ended in a controversial last-second loss to Rock Canyon. The Wolves returned their two central figures in post Gaige Prim and guard Lechaun Duhart, but the play of a variety of role players — including junior Ben Boone — helped the team rise to new heights. When he was on, Boone (who replaces an injured Duhart) changed games with his perimeter shooting and he nearly lifted Grandview to victory in the Great 8 against Rock Canyon with two 3-pointers inside the last minute of regulation. He played in all 26 of the Wolves’ games and knocked down at least one 3-pointer in 23 of them, which contributed to a scoring average of 8.2 points per game. The All-Centennial League second team selection threw in 2.7 rebounds, 1.6 assists and around a steal per game. Boone will play on Team West in the second A-Town All-Star Boys Game.
Boone vs. Aurora teams: vs. Rangeview (8 points, 5 rebounds); vs. Smoky Hill (16 points, 3 rebounds; 2 points, 3 rebounds); vs. Cherokee Trail (9 points, 4 rebounds; 7 points, 7 rebounds); vs. Overland (7 points; 7 points); vs. Eaglecrest (10 points, 2 steals; 14 points, 4 rebounds)