AURORA | A profile look at Eaglecrest junior Zion Ruckard, who is set to play for Team East (full roster) in the fourth A-Town All-Star Boys Game set for Saturday, March 16, 2019, at Smoky Hill High School. The boys game is scheduled to start at approximately 1:30 p.m. following the slam dunk contest (game information):
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School: Eaglecrest High School
2018-19 averages: 10.1 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.8 steals
Season highlights: Ruckard got his feet wet at the varsity level as a sophomore, then moved seamlessly into a larger role for coach Jarris Krapcha’s Eaglecrest team, which finished 15-10 and advanced to the Class 5A Sweet 16 where it was stopped by Overland. With four of the Raptors’ top five scorers from last season graduated, Ruckard helped picked up some of the slack as one of three double-digit scorers with an average of 10.1 points per game. His season-high in points last season was 13, but he matched or bettered that 10 times this season. He registered a team-best 1.8 steals per contest, finished second on his team with an average of 2.8 assists and also pulled down 3.2 rebounds per contest. Ruckard will play in the A-Town All-Star Game for the first time.
Ruckard vs. Aurora teams: vs. Regis Jesuit (7 points, 3 assists, 3 steals); vs. Overland (17 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals; 8 points, 2 assists, 2 steals; 0 points); vs. Cherokee Trail (18 points, 4 rebounds; 5 points, 3 rebounds); vs. Grandview (3 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals; 6 points); vs. Smoky Hill (15 points, 5 assists; 15 points, 2 assists, 2 steals);