Posted On: 09/19/18 4:00 PM

Centennial might surprise some people this year in the Northwest Suburban Conference. Having a multi-year starting point guard in Ricky Eason is a good start.

Eason, a 6-foot senior, averaged 13 points per game last season, forming a solid duo with now junior guard Carter Anderson. He spent the grassroots season with Minnesota Heat where he had an opportunity to showcase parts of his game he didn’t show as much during the high school season.

“I think we exceeded expectations,” Eason said of the AAU season. “[Head coach] Jared [Nelson] gave us a great offense. I think it really helped allow me to show what I’m capable of doing.”

Eason’s a strong perimeter shooter and a solid overall scorer. That was established during the high school season. He wanted to prove he’s a steady ball handler and strong playmaker. He did that.

“I’m more than just a shooter,” Eason said. “I can make plays for guys. I can catch and shoot. I think my passing improved a lot. I want to improve as a finisher. I can get to the paint but I need to get better as a finisher. I want to continue improving as a defender too.”

Eason’s productive spring and summer has led to quite a bit of college interest.

“Currently I’m talking to Waldorf, Jamestown, St. Johns, Bethel and a handful of other MIAC schools,” Eason said. “Visited all of those. I’m visiting Mayville State in the next few weeks. I’m not in a big hurry to commit. I think I’ll probably get into the season.”

Aside from making a college choice, Eason’s focus is on helping the Cougars take a big step forward from last year.

“I think we’re going to be good,” said Eason. “Last year we had a new coach and we had a lot of new guys. I think this year we’ll have almost every guy that played a lot so we’ll be a lot better. I think we’re going to surprise some people. Our section is really good but I think we’ve got the talent to surprise some people. We’ve worked really hard this summer.”