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Olathe NW’s Shields is The Olathe News boys basketball player of year

todpalmer@theolathenews.com

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Shavon Shields was the best high school boys basketball player in the Sunflower League this season.

That’s not a declaration from Olathe Northwest coach Mike Grove, or some unilateral distinction made by the media.

The league’s coaches agreed that Shields was the best player and that he played for the best team when it handed out postseason awards.

But being the Sunflower League player of the year, and now The Olathe News boys basketball player of the year, is an honor Shields would happily trade for an appearance at the Kansas 6A state tournament.

For all the team success, which included a school-record 20 wins, an upset loss to Olathe East in the sub-state final at Leavenworth soured the best season in program history.

But the finale shouldn’t be allowed to completely overshadow a perfect run through the Sunflower League, which netted the first outright championship in Ravens history and second straight league crown.

Nor should it diminish Shields’ accomplishments.

Shields, the son of Chiefs All-Pro offensive lineman Will Shields, averaged 21 points and eight rebounds as ONW’s leader.

He was a highlight reel on the break with a dizzying array of dunks and dipping shots that often perplexed opponents.

Shields will continue to ply his craft in the Big Ten next season with Nebraska.

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