AURORA | A profile look at Rangeview senior Elijah Thomas who is on the roster of Team East of the sixth A-Town All-Star Boys Game:
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School: Rangeview High School
2021-22 average: 14.4 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 2.0 steals, 1.0 blocks
Season highlights: Coach Shawn Palmer’s Rangeview team experienced a good amount of turnover, but the program’s long track of success continued despite a mostly new group of players rising to the forefront and leading the way to an EMAC championship as well as a run to the Class 5A Sweet 16. The Raiders have been a successful program because of the often significant development of players take over when others depart and that was the case with Thomas, who was a regular contributor a year ago on a Final Four team, but blossomed into the EMAC Player of the Year as a senior. With uncommon leaping ability for a player his size, Thomas played above the rim both offensively and defensively and it helped him rank first or second on his team in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals and blocked shots. He was the second-leading scorer for Rangeview with an average of 14.4 points per game and he scored no fewer than nine points in every game, topped by a 22-point effort in a big win against Overland. He paced the Raiders in assists (4.7 per contest) and steals (2.0 per game) and was second in rebounding (5.5 per game) and blocked shots (1.0 per contest). Thomas earned selection for the A-Town All-Star Game for the first time.
Thomas vs. Aurora teams: vs. Smoky Hill (10 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists); vs. Cherokee Trail (13 points, 5 steals, 4 rebounds, 3 assists); vs. Overland (22 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 blocks); vs. Grandview (9 points, 4 steals, 3 rebounds); vs. Hinkley (21 points, 3 assists); vs. Vista PEAK (18 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists); vs. Aurora Central (14 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds); vs. Gateway (15 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds); vs. Vista PEAK (15 points, 4 assists)