CHS’ Conerway 5-5A’s top newcomer
When Tayton Conerway hits the court he exudes confidence.
Centennial boys basketball coach Trovocie Jackson said the junior guard truly believes he is the best player in the country.
Playing his first season of varsity basketball, Conerway drew notice from the coaches in District 5-5A as he was recently honored as the Newcomer of the Year on the all-district team.
“That honor is very well-deserved,” Jackson said. “Tayton has a level of confidence that is just unmatched. He’s as naturally gifted as anyone I have ever been around. He’s only starting to tap into what he can really do. The skies the limit for him that’s for sure.”
The junior averaged 16 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 3.2 steals per game in district play.
Centennial finished 5-5A play with a record of 10-4 and an overall mark of 24-10. The 24 wins were a season-best for the program.
The Spartans defeated Fort Worth Southwest in the opening round of the playoffs before losing to Region I finalist Justin Northwest in an area-round game.
“Nine out of the 10 losses this season were to teams that were ranked in the Top 25 at the time,” Jackson said. “The proof is in the pudding. This is the best team that has ever come through Centennial.”
Centennial produced four first-team players in senior guard Anthony Hunter, junior forward Jacob Stuckey and junior guard/forward Zach Bolf.
Hunter led the Spartans in scoring in district play with 18.2 points per game. He finished with 7.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game.
“I’m extremely proud of Anthony,” Jackson said. “A coaching change in your senior year is tough. Coming from a system where he had the ball in hands every single possession the last two seasons to having to share the ball is a tough adjustment. I thought we did a great job of figuring out a way to co-exist with some other talented players.”
Stuckey came into his own this season. The junior averaged 12.4 points and 6.6 rebounds in district play.
“We call him “Mr. Efficient,” Jackson said. “He’s really special because at 6-foot-8 he could not only run the floor but also shoot the ball. He did all he did without playing during the summer. He’s starting to get more athletic and get more confident.”
Jackson called Bolf the team’s leader. The junior averaged 13.4 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.1 steals and 1.1 assists in 5-5A play.
“They don’t make a lot of young men like him anymore that’s for sure,” Jackson said. “He’s very strong and firm about who he is. He’s going to give you absolutely everything that he has on every single possession. If you can get three or four other guys to work and compete at his level then you have something truly special as a team.”
The Spartans had two second-team selections in senior guards Nate Adcox and Kyland Walker. Adcox averaged 7.7 points, 2.1 assists and 2.2 steals per game. Walker finished the season averaging 1.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 3 assists per game in 5-5A play.