School: Aurora Central
2015-16 averages: 18.3 points, 6.2 assists, 2.9 steals
Season highlights: The dynamic duo of seniors Elijah Coleman and Ladarius Thomas provided plenty of firepower for an Aurora Central team that had one of its finest seasons in quite awhile in 2015-16. Coach Ian Calvert’s Trojans racked up an 18-7 record, finished second to Rangeview in the EMAC standings and won a Class 5A state playoff game for the first time since 2009-10 before suffering a close loss to eventual Final Four qualifier Chatfield in the second round. Both Coleman and Thomas finished with more than 1,000 points for their careers and they were the highest-scoring teammates in Aurora prep basketball with a combined average of 37.3 points per game (19.0 for Coleman and 18.3 for Thomas). Thomas led the Trojans in assists and steals and was second in scoring, as he finished in double figures in 23 of the team’s 25 games. His season-best total of 30 points coming in a 71-68 win over Denver South on Dec. 11. Thomas was at his statistical best when he recorded a triple-double — 17 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists — in a 72-42 win over Thornton on Jan. 26 and had a 28-point, 13-assist day on Dec. 5 against Palisade. He will play for Team East in the A-Town All-Stars Game.
Thomas vs. Aurora teams: Smoky Hill (10 points), Rangeview (17 points & 9 assists, 18 points & 5 assists), Gateway (17 points & 6 assists), Hinkley (21 points & 11 assists)
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