Boys Basketball: Key dates, information and Aurora players to watch for 2017-18 season

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Gateway senior Michkaleke Baker earned All-EMAC first team honors during the 2016-17 season and returns as one of Aurora’s players to watch for the 2017-18 boys basketball season. (Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel)

AURORA | A look at key dates, information and players to watch for Aurora programs during the 2017-18 boys basketball season:

Courtney Oakes is Aurora Sentinel Sports Editor. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. FB: Aurora Prep Sentinel

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2017-18 AURORA BOYS BASKETBALL KEY DATES, INFORMATION

2017-18 AURORA BOYS BASKETBALL KEY DATES, INFORMATION

Key dates: Nov. 10 — Practice begins; Nov. 16 — Scrimmages allowed; Nov. 39 — Regular season begins; Feb. 17 — Regular season ends; Feb. 21 — Class 5A first round playoffs/Class 4A first round playoffs; Feb. 24 —  5A second round playoffs; 4A second round playoffs; Feb. 28 — 5A Sweet 16/4A Sweet 16; March 3 — 4A & 5A Great 8 at Denver Coliseum; March 8-10 — 4A & 5A Final Four at Denver Coliseum

Aurora coaches: Aurora Central — Rob Harrison; Cherokee Trail — Morgan Gregory; Eaglecrest — Jarris Krapcha; Gateway — Jason Dixon; Grandview — Michael Rogers; Hinkley — Wondame Davis; Overland — Danny Fisher; Rangeview — Shawn Palmer; Regis Jesuit — Ken Shaw; Smoky Hill — Anthony Hardin; Vista PEAK — Keenon Clement

Aurora 2016-17 Class 5A/4A state state tournament qualifiers: 5A — Cherokee Trail (lost in 5A 2nd round); Eaglecrest (won 5A state championship); Grandview (lost in 5A Great 8); Overland (lost in 5A 2nd round); Rangeview (lost in 5A 2nd round); Regis Jesuit (lost in 5A 2nd round); 4AVista PEAK (lost in 4A Sweet 16)

Returning Aurora all-conference players: Michkaleke Baker, Gateway, sr. (All-EMAC 1st team); Sam Bannec, Regis Jesuit, sr. (All-Continental League 2nd team); Deon Barfield, Cherokee Trail, sr., (All-Centennial League 2nd team); Ben Boone, Grandview, sr. (All-Centennial League 2nd team); Will Becker, Smoky Hill, sr. (All-Centennial League 1st team); Kenny Foster, Smoky Hill, jr. (All-Centennial League 1st team); Te’Rae Johnson, Vista PEAK, sr. (All-EMAC 1st team); Elijah Martinez, Regis Jesuit, sr. (All-Continental League 2nd team); Ryan Ongala, Rangeview, sr. (All-EMAC 1st team); Tucson Redding, Overland, sr. (All-Centennial League 2nd team); Daijon Smith, Overland, sr. (All-Centennial League 2nd team); Goy Wang, Overland, sr. (All-Centennial League 2nd team)

Aurora players to watch: Kamron Bode, Cherokee Trail, G/F, sr.; Aaron Bokol, Eaglecrest, G, jr.; Morgan Brown, Eaglecrest, F/C, sr.; Branden Bunn, G/F, Eaglecrest, sr.; Kyle Cabs, Smoky Hill, F/G, sr.; Daniel Carr, Regis Jesuit, F, jr.; DeWayne Carter, Hinkley, G, sr.; Devin Collins, Rangeview, F, sr.; Jodaun Dotson, Rangeview, G, jr.; Claivon Duncan, Hinkley, G/F, soph.; Payton Egloff, Regis Jesuit, G, jr.; Victor Garnes, Eaglecrest, G, sr.; Gunner Gentry, Grandview, F, sr.; Anthony Guyton, Gateway, F, sr.; John Harge, F/C, sr., Smoky Hill; Stephen Hayes, Overland, F, jr.; Marcus Hill, Gateway, G, jr.; Darius Houston, Eaglecrest, G/F, sr.; XaiV’ion Jackson, Eaglecrest, G, sr.; Caleb McGill, Grandview, F, soph.; Muu Muwwakkil, Smoky Hill, G, sr.; Laolu Oke, Overland, F, sr.; Calvin Pope, Hinkley, G, sr.; Dayne Prim, Grandview, F, jr.; Lian Ramiro, Grandview, G, soph.; Jayden Robinson, Aurora Central, G, jr.; Quinten Rock, Smoky Hill, G, soph.; Tyson Rodgers, Cherokee Trail, G, sr.; Jamil Safieddine, Regis Jesuit, G/F, jr.; Christopher Speller, Rangeview, F, soph.; Hezekiah Swanson, Overland, G, soph.; Michael Thompson, Aurora Central, F, soph.; Tyler Unger, Grandview, F, jr.; Trusean Vann, Aurora Central, G, jr.; Davon Walker, Grandview, G, jr.; Matt Wheelock, Regis Jesuit, C, jr.; Eric Williams, Smoky Hill, G, sr.; Tylor Williams, Aurora Central, F, sr.; DJ Wilson, Gateway, F/C, soph.