Smoky Hill Out to Prove its Worthy of Preseason Attention
There are over 600 high schools in Colorado so choosing the school who has the best basketball team in the state can be a challenge but after careful consideration, the Denver Post ranked Smoky Hill as the top team in Colorado.
The Buffaloes are out to prove their worthy of their ranking and a good showing in the Vivint Great Western Shootout would help them solidify their ranking.
Smoky Hill’s is a 5A school from Aurora, CO. The Buffs were 2-1 in last year’s Shootout. They lost to Timpview, but responded with wins over Lone Peak and Wakefield. They went on to qualify for the state tournament in Colorado but lost to Denver East in the Sweet 16.
“The key for us this year is to share the ball. We also need to play defense and to outwork everyone we play,” said Smoky Hill coach Anthony Hardin. “The teams last year shot the ball so well. I think for us to do well in this tournament again, we will have to focus on our defense.”
The reason the Buffs are so highly touted is the combination of speed, shooting size, and experience. They return one of the top guards in the state. Kenny Foster is a 6’4, junior guard, who continued to prove he’s at the head of his class. He averaged 17.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game last season.
Quinten Rock is a sophomore point guard, who averaged 7.8 points and 2.4 assists per game. He’s also the team’s biggest 3-point shooting threat. He made a team-high 45 3-pointers last year.
There are two other senior guards that will be in Hardin’s rotation. Mue Muwwakkil and Eric Williams are ready to make an impact.
The front line is stacked with two returning starters. Will Becker is a 6’9, senior forward, who averaged 8.8 points and led the state in rebounds (11.6) and in blocked shots (5.0). John Harge is a 6’8, senior forward, who averaged 7.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.
Kyle Cabs is a 6-5, senior, who will see time at the shooting guard position and at small forward. The program has some potential rising stars that could make an impact this year. Jordan Whittaker and Jaylen Weaver are both freshman but they could play their way into the rotation.