Prep Athlete: Derek Shoen
Even though Jaguar senior Derek Shoen missed the start of the season recovering from foot surgery, Shoen picked up right where he left off for his final basketball season with Truman-Martin Luther-Granada Huntley East Chain scoring his 1,000th point!
KEYC News 12 Sports Rob Clark has more on why Shoen is our KEYC Scheels All Sports Boys Prep Athlete
"I thought it was like alright, I'll play my year, and I'll get it. But missing a few games, and starting out slow. I had a good conversation with my mom, saying I need to get going or this isn't going to happen for us. So I got a little nervous, but I hit my stride. I was behind the game a little bit, but I got my confidence back to make it an accomplishable goal," said Shoen, prep athlete of the week.
After starting on the wing his sophomore season, Derek Shoen transitioned to the post becoming a scoring threat with the ability to pass, drive, or step out and knock down shots from the perimeter.
"The thing I like doing is being the centerpiece, being in the middle, running the high low, and I like using the ball–fake, and finding someone underneath. I'd much rather make a nice pass than score. I know that I've got to do whatever, some nights I need to score more, some nights I need to pass more. Having guys that can finish helps, knowing that if I pass they're going to score and we'll be fine," said Shoen.
"He's a great passer, you throw him in the middle, and he'll find guys or he'll score one of the two. Offensively, we're averaging 60 a game, and a lot of it is due to being able to move the ball. And on offense, it runs through Derek, he's able to dish, get guys the ball to knock down shots and obviously he's up 17 to 18 points, so he's getting his points too," said Adam Walker, T/ML/GHEC head coach.
His play–making abilities are why Derek Shoen is our KEYC Scheels All Sports Boys Prep Athlete of the Week.