AURORA | A profile look at Smoky Hill senior Anthony Harris Jr. who is on the roster of Team West of the sixth A-Town All-Star Boys Game:

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School: Smoky Hill High School

Year: Senior

Height: 6-foot-5

2021-22 average: 14.8 points, 12.2 rebounds, 2.8 blocks, 2.5 assists

Season highlights: Coach Anthony Hardin’s Smoky Hill team ran into Centennial League rival Eaglecrest in the Sweet 16 round of the Class 5A state playoffs, the round in which the 15-win Buffaloes were stopped for a third straight season, although they appeared to be a championship contender for the whole year. When Harris Jr. played — he missed a few games after undergoing surgery on his nose — he was an absolute must-watch as his uncommon athleticism produced highlight reel dunks (including an iconic Eastbay dunk to cap a playoff win over Rocky Mountain), rebounds and blocked shots. He was one of only a few Aurora boys players to average a double-double (of which he had 11) and the All-Centennial League first team selection led the Buffaloes in rebounding at 12.2 per contest and finished third in scoring at 14.8 points per game. Harris Jr.’s biggest game of the season game in a Centennial League win over Arapahoe when he had 27 points and 18 rebounds. Harris Jr. is a now two-time selection for the A-Town All-Star Game and scored 19 points in the 2021 contest at Gateway.

Harris Jr. vs. Aurora team: vs. Eaglecrest (15 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists); vs. Grandview (6 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists); vs. Overland (11 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks); vs. Grandview (16 points, 15 rebounds, 5 blocks); vs. Overland (14 points, 14 rebounds, 4 blocks); vs. Cherokee Trail (19 points, 11 rebounds); vs. Eaglecrest (10 points)