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The Eagle’s 2011-12 All-State boys basketball team

2012 All-state boys basketball

Published March 17 at 2:25 p.m. | Last updated March 19 at 9:03 a.m.

TOP 15

First team

Ht.

Yr.

Pts.

Clay Custer, BV Northwest

6-0

So.

19.0

Perry Ellis, Wichita Heights

6-8

Sr.

25.8

Conner Frankamp, Wichita North

6-1

Jr.

32.3

Semi Ojeleye, Ottawa

6-7

Jr.

32.2

Micah Swank, Pratt

6-1

Sr.

22.3

Second team

Ht.

Yr.

Pts.

Collin Murphy, Basehor-Linwood

6-6

Sr.

18.7

Ryan Murphy, Basehor-Linwood

6-6

Sr.

16.7

Benny Parker, KC Sumner

5-9

Sr.

15.0

Shavon Shields, Ola. Northwest

6-6

Sr.

21.0

Trey Unrau, Moundridge

5-11

Sr.

26.5

Third team

Ht.

Yr.

Pts.

Craig Nicholson, W.Northwest

5-9

Sr.

20.2

Conner Crooker, BV North

6-3

Sr.

15.0

Jalen Love, Wichita East

6-1

Sr.

18.7

Terrence Moore, Wichita Heights

6-1

Sr.

12.7

Drew Kite, Scott City

6-4

Jr.

15.6

CLAY CUSTER

6-0, so., Blue Valley Northwest

Stats: Custer, a two-year starter, led BV Northwest (23-2) back to the Class 6A tournament’s title game. The sophomore, who is 46-4 with the Huskies, scored 32 points in the loss. He rarely commits turnovers and is such a heady player that he doesn’t force shots but gets them through the course of the offense. He averaged 19 points and shot 52 percent from the field. He also shot 85 percent from the free-throw line, led the team in assists with 4.3 and had 2.1 steals. He’s received offers from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Kansas State .

Pre-tournament men’s NCAA pick: Kentucky

Most memorable moment: “I think playing in the state championship game the last two years has probably been the two most memorable things. We played against Heights both years, obviously lost both years, but it was fun. I got to play against Perry (Ellis), the best competition we could play against in a high school game.”

Advice you live by: “I think just staying positive is the most important thing, staying positive no matter what happens. If things are going bad, you have to trust that things are going to go better. Never get too high or too low.”

Favorite pastime outside of basketball: “I would say hanging out with my friends. Most of the time I’m playing basketball. I like to hang out at someone’s house, watch movies, get some girls to go watch movies.”

Coach Ed Fritz: “He has really good vision and is great at advancing the ball up the court. And what he does better is he can go full speed off the dribble and pull up and shoot really quick, really well. When he gets to the basket, he has such good control of his body that even when he gets fouled, he’s able to hit a lot of those shots.”

PERRY ELLIS

6-8, sr., Wichita Heights

Stats: Ellis capped his career with a fourth straight Class 6A title and is The Eagle’s only four-time All-State player. He scored 2,231 career points, besting a City League record that had stood since 1981, and led Heights (23-2) on a state record 62-game winning streak that was set this season. Ellis, one of the nation’s top players, is such a consistent player, scoring 25.8 points and averaging 67-percent shooting, including 44 percent from three-point range. He also shot 78 percent from the free-throw line, hitting 195 free throws. He averaged 9.4 rebounds and finished with a 987 rebounds. The focus of opponents’ defenses, he battled through double and triple teams to consistently dominate the post. But he also showed versatility by running the point or leading Heights on a fastbreak.

College: Kansas

Pre-tournament men’s NCAA pick: Kansas

Most memorable moment: “Winning a fourth, it’s something that hasn’t been done in a while, and it was a goal of mine from my freshman year. That would definitely have to be the best memory.”

Advice you live by: “Live every day like it’s your last. If you do that, if you have a mindset like that, you’ll push yourself every day and get the best out of yourself.”

Favorite pastime outside of basketball: “It’s still X-box. It’s still the same, “Call of Duty,” “Gears of War,” shooting games. It’s more fun (playing online), playing with a whole bunch of different people.”

Coach Joe Auer: “He has put so much effort and energy into what he was doing. He’s been a punching bag for four years. He’s been fouled almost every time he’s touched the ball for four years… Wow, it’s amazing the composure that kid showed in the face of that kind of defense. Most games finished, and he’s covered in scratches and cuts. Never once did he come up to me, ‘This is unfair.’ He understands, it’s part of the game in the trenches. He was a warrior down there. The only thing he cared about was what are we going to need to do to win this game?”

CONNER FRANKAMP

6-1, jr., Wichita North

Stats: Frankamp is one of those thrilling players to watch because when the ball is in his hands, he’s either going to make the nice pass or knock down a jumper with a hand — or two — in his face. He scored 38 points against Wichita Heights in the regular-season finale, equaling Heights’ total. Teams have tried to stop his scoring with every kind of junk defense possible, but he continued to score at a high rate. He averaged 32.3 points, a City League record, and has scored 1,641 points, which is fifth-best in City League history. He’s just 26 points from fourth place, held by Ricky Ross. Frankamp led North to the Class 6A tournament and a 15-8 record. Frankamp shot 66 percent from two, 51 percent from three and 93 percent from the free-throw line.

College: Kansas (oral commitment)

Pre-tournament men’s NCAA pick: Kansas

Most memorable moment: “Probably beating Heights is my most memorable moment. It was pretty special to do that. They’re such a great team, I’m glad they won again this year. But it was cool to beat them.”

Advice you live by: “Just always work hard and always stay humble. If you let stuff get to your head, that can mess stuff up, so work hard and stay humble.”

Favorite pastime outside of basketball: “Probably hanging with friends. I love to do that. They always make me laugh, and I have a great set of friends.”

Coach Gary Squires: “He needs to score for us to be successful and win. He does a great job of that, but I’ve always said, he’s so unselfish. He wants to get everybody involved, get the offense going, not just for himself ut for the team…. In transition, we try to get the ball to him because when he is pushing it up, you’re backpedaling. He’s really fast with the ball. And he’s not just a catch-and-shoot type player. He’ll get the ball and make a move, then counter with another move and before you know it, he’s up for a midrange jumper.”

SEMI OJELEYE

6-7, jr., Ottawa

Stats: Ojeleye has the physique of a post player — he’s 220 pounds — but he can jump so high, altering shots along the way. He averaged 8.7 rebounds. Ojeleye can also step out on the perimeter and run the point or hang out at the three-point line, where he shot 38 percent. A strong ballhandler, Ojeleye can run the point, too. His versatility is one reason that a college from every major conference has offered him a scholarship, including Kansas State, Missouri, Stanford, UCLA and Wisconsin. He averaged 32.2 points and shot 61 percent from the field. He led Ottawa to the Class 4A championship game and a 24-2 record.

College: Uncommitted

Pre-tournament men’s NCAA pick: “I think it’s going to be a Cinderella team this year.

Most memorable moment: “Probably my first dunk against Schlagle, my frosh year. It was kind of a welcoming to high school basketball. It shook the nerves off that year and I came into my own after that.

Advice you live by: “Having faith in God. That’s the only thing that never changes, never sways.”

Favorite pastime outside of basketball: “Probably playing soccer. It’s what I grew up on. It was my first love until I started playing basketball.

Coach Jon McKowen: “What people recruiting him like is he’s almost 50-50, inside and out, depending on matchups or what his teammates need. He plays one through five positions for us, and he does them all extremely well. When we put him at point guard, we don’t lose any steps there. In the post, we don’t lose anything with him there. He’s a tough matchup for any team.”

MICAH SWANK

6-1, sr., Pratt

Stats: Swank missed his junior season with a knee injury that required a 12-month rehab. An All-Class 4A selection as a sophomore, he came back strong his senior season, improving in every major category. He averaged 22.3 points, shooting 62.8 percent from two-point range, 42.8 percent from three, 84.8 percent from the free-throw line. Swank, a point guard, was responsible for 68 percent of Pratt’s total offense, both by scoring and through assists. He consistently faced junk defenses yet he battled through, using his passing, dribbling and shooting ability to set opponents’ back on their heels. He averaged 6.5 assists, 4.3 steals and 5.1 rebounds. Swank, who finished with 1,217 career points, led Pratt to a 23-0 regular-season record and the 4A tournament.

College: Emporia State

Pre-tournament men’s NCAA pick: Kansas

Most memorable moment: “Probably the sub-state championship this year, winning with all the seniors together. All the hard work we had put in, getting to state, it was a lot of fun.”

Advice you live by: “Just get better every day. If you get better every day, then in the long run, you’ll be successful.”

Favorite pastime outside of basketball: “I help with basketball games , spending time with family and friends. The basketball camps, I’ve been going to camps since I was 3. My dad has been running summer camps, so I’ve been going to them or helping out for as long as I can remember.”

Coach David Swank: “He’s a pass-first point guard, and he has great leadership. He makes everyone around him a better player. For us, he was a coach on the floor. He has that high basketball IQ. He’s very competitive, a gym rat. He’s always the first one on the court, last one to leave.”

COACH JOE AUER

Wichita Heights

Heights’ season was rife with memorable moments. There was the win over Wichita Northwest which tied the Falcons with Moundridge for the state’s longest winning streak, 59 games. Then there was the win at Carroll to break the record. The Falcons set a record with 62 straight games and then won their fourth straight Class 6A title.

Auer, in his 17th season at Heights, led the Falcons to their fifth straight trip to the 6A tournament. The Falcons were 23-2 this season and 95-5 over the past four seasons. Auer is 257-127 at Heights.

Heights senior Terrence Moore: “As far as a good coach, he gives us the right kind of tools to get us ready for different opponents that we play. Coach Auer isn’t only a good coach on the floor, but he’s a great mentor off the floor…. If your grades are not right, you’re not practicing, you’re not playing.

“Coach Auer, he really didn’t bring up (the pressure of winning four straight) until that Friday night before the game. He told us, ‘You guys are a special team. You have a chance to go for a four-peat.’ That’s the only time we really talked about it.”