on Wednesday March 16, 2016 at Smoky Hill High School. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel
Smoky Hill junior Kyle Colen was selected for the inaugural A-Town All-Stars Game following a 2015-16 season that saw him average 8.4 points and 2.7 assists per game. (Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel)

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School: Smoky Hill

Year: Junior

Height: 6-foot

2015-16 averages: 8.4 points, 2.7 assists, 1.3 steals

Season highlights: In the won-loss column, Smoky Hill had the roughest season among any Aurora teams with a 4-19 record, but the Buffaloes also lost five games by six or fewer points in the first season under new coach Anthony Hardin, who came over after serving an assistant on Overland’s 2014-15 Class 5A state championship team. Smoky Hill’s youthful roster provided many encouraging results, however, and laid a foundation for a strong future. Hardin lauded junior Kyle Colen as an underrated shooter and often called for the junior to get the ball in clutch situations when defenses were determined not to let Foster beat them. Colen notched seven double-digit scoring games on the season and poured in a season-high 16 points in a 64-49 win over Hinkley on Dec. 12 in the Smoky Hill Shootout. Colen, who also plays golf at the school. also led the Buffaloes in assists and finished third in steals per game. He will play on Team West in the A-Town All-Stars Game, opposite freshman teammate Kenny Foster.

Colen vs. Aurora teams: Hinkley (16 points); Rangeview (15 points); Eaglecrest (8 points); Cherokee Trail (6 points, 10 points); Overland (4 points, 4 points); Grandview (7 points, 5 points)

Courtney Oakes is Aurora Sentinel Sports Editor. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or sports@aurorasentinel.com. Twitter: @aurorasports. FB: Aurora Prep Sentinel

Courtney Oakes is sports Editor and photographer with Sentinel Colorado. A Denver East High School alum. He came to the Sentinel in 2001 and since then has received a number of professional awards from...