Posted On: 01/15/18 10:42 PM
Though he stands at just six-foot, 155 pounds, Valor Christian junior guard Hunter Shkapich is about as dynamic an athlete as can be found in Colorado’s 2019 recruiting class.
“He’s a six-footer and he’s a true 40-plus vertical guy,” Valor Christian head coach Troy Pachner said. “If they had a high school dunk contest at the state level, he’d probably win it.”
His impressive vertical leap isn’t all that Shkapich brings to the table. Through 13 games playing for the defending Class 4A state champion Eagles, Shkapich is averaging 13.4 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 0.9 steals per game. He is shooting 54 percent from the field and 41 percent from 3-point range.
As his role increases for one of the top teams in the state, so do Shkapich’s statistical outputs. In his last six games, he is averaging 17.3 points a game.
Coming from the well-reputed Valor Christian, a private school that has produced athletes like football star Christian McCaffrey and basketball player Jalen Sanders, who now plays at the University of Northern Colorado, Shkapich has drawn interest from several schools, including the UNC, South Dakota and Nebraska-Omaha.
In his best scoring game of the season, Shkapich scored 23 points in a win over Green Mountain on Jan. 6. He was 8 for 11 from the field in that game and made four of his seven 3-point attempts
Prior to this season, Shkapich played for Class 3A Colorado Academy. While there as a junior, he averaged 20 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steals in 24 games and scored over 25 points five times.