Updated: March 8, 2013 at 12:00 am
A glance at the five seniors Air Force will honor Saturday:
6-foot-10 center, Colorado Springs (Colorado Springs Christian School, USAFA Prep School)
Major: Systems engineering management
Highlights: Ranks third on school’s all-time list with 80 blocked shots. Has appeared in 112 games, starting 90 (has started all but one game he has appeared in since the beginning of his sophomore year). Is shooting 36 percent (13-of-36) from 3-point range this year.
What’s next?: Will work in financial management at Los Angeles Air Station.
Lasting memory: “Most of it’s just going to be the relationships I’ve built with the guys. Some of us have been together for five years now. Others for four. We’ve gone through a lot as a team and as a group in general. That’s the biggest thing I’ll take away is just the relationship with these guys.
6-foot-6 forward, Centerville, Minn. (St. Thomas Academy)
Highlights: He has averaged 10.2 points over the past two seasons, with a career-high 30 points in a victory over Nevada to open conference play this year. He took just 10 shots in that game, making nine. Scored 40 points over two games against UNLV this season. Ranks seventh in Air Force history in 3-point percentage.
What’s next?: Will work as a finance officer at Hurlburt Field in Florida.
Lasting memory: “Beating San Diego State when they were ranked, twice. That’s probably the best memory. And the 30-pointer earlier this year.”
6-foot-2 point guard, Lee’s Summit, Mo. (Lee Summit West)
Major: Management (minor in Spanish)
Highlights: Became a starter over the final 19 games of his freshman year and has manned the point ever since. He ranks second all-time in school history in games started, third in assists and ninth in steals. Is shooting 45.5 percent (46-of-101) from 3-point range and leads the conference in assist-to-turnover ratio (104 assists, 31 turnovers).
What’s next?: Will work as an acquisitions officer at Los Angeles Air Station
Lasting memory: “Probably the friendships I’ve made with this team. These dudes are great. I love coming down to practice and seeing them every day. To be with them, play basketball with them has been great, especially this last season. .500 isn’t where we want to be, but it’s a great start for this program.”
6-foot-2 guard, Richland Hills, Texas (Richland HS, USAFA Prep School)
Highlights: Ranks fifth this year in minutes per game (16.0) and points (4.9). Posted a career-high 18 points against Citadel and scored 11 points against Army, UC Riverside and Florida. The only member of the class, and currently the team, who intends to fly planes for the Air Force.
What’s next: Pilot training at Laughlin Air Force Base in Del Rio
Lasting memory: “Just joking around with the guys. Going on trips with them, having a good time – we won’t have those anymore.”
6-foot-5 guard, Newport News, Va. (Masanutten Military Academy, USAFA Prep School)
Highlights: One of the most prolific scorers in team history, leading the Falcons in scoring as a sophomore, junior and senior. He ranks fifth on the school’s all-time scoring list and will likely finish third or fourth. His 45 points against Colorado State this season were the most ever scored by an Air Force player in a league game. He leads the Mountain West in scoring at 17.9 points per game.
What’s next: Will serve at the academy’s prep school, coaching basketball.
Lasting memory: “I’ll just remember all the good times I had with my teammates. That’s what will probably last the longest.”