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Posted On: 09/24/15 4:30 PM

The Eaglecrest Raptors, one of the elite Class 5A programs for the past several years, capped off an impressive 2014-15 season with a runner-up finish in the stacked Centennial League, a 21-6 record, and a Final 4 appearance.

They did graduate all-around stud Blend Avdili, floor general Elijah Ross, and explosive guard Peter Anderson, three weapons and three leaders not easily replaced.

And yet, Coach John Olander has a cornerstone piece for the future as 2017 guard Colbey Ross, the team’s leading scorer (17.3 ppg) as a sophomore, is gifted enough to earn All-Colorado and perhaps even Mr. Basketball honors this season. He was arguably Colorado’s premier grassroots player in the summer and is a coveted Division I prospect.

Ross will be counted on for his star power and productivity, but Eaglecrest has another returning starter, an under-the-radar forward who, despite averaging only 3.5 points and 3.2 rebounds, was a capable sophomore. 6-foot-5 Nate Bokol, also a baseball player, isn’t sure what sport he wants to play in college, but if he does choose hoops, he has next level talent. Olander is counting on the 2017 big to have an increased role this winter.

“I’m excited to have him back,”

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