AURORA | A profile look at Overland senior Hamza Mursal who is on the roster of Team East for the 1 p.m. A-Town All-Star Boys Game on March 18, 2023, at Eaglecrest High School (purchase tickets, here):
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School: Overland High School
2022-23 averages: 11.7 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists
Season highlights: Despite the loss of their top player from last season to a prep school, the Trailblazers remained competitive, though they finished 8-15 and had a 14-season streak of postseason appearances snapped with the advent of a Class 6A playoffs that included just 32 teams as opposed to the usual 48. Backcourt play proved big for coach Danny Fisher’s team and Mursal was a big part of that in his third varsity season. He was Overland’s leader in made 3-pointers with 43 on the season and his scoring average more than doubled from the previous season as he finished second on his team in scoring. The All-Centennial League second team selection tallied a season-high 21 points in a win over Aurora Central on Dec. 2 (one of his two games with 20 or more) and he reached double figures in 13 games. He also finished third on his team in assists per game and also contributed regularly on the boards. Mursal earned selection to the A-Town All-Star Game for the first time.
Mursal vs. Aurora teams: vs. Aurora Central (21 points, 3 assists, 3 steals); vs. Regis Jesuit (2 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists); vs. Eaglecrest (10 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals); vs. Grandview (11 points, 2 rebounds); vs. Smoky Hill (5 points, 2 rebounds); vs. Smoky Hill (17 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals); vs. Cherokee Trail (12 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals)