Blue Valley High School senior basketball star Aidan Shaw is raking in more accolades before his impending graduation in May.
On Tuesday, Shaw won the title at the 11th annual High School Slam and 3-Point Championships held in New Orleans ahead of this weekend’s NCAA men’s basketball Final Four.
“He’s got a lot of natural talent that’s been given to him with height and athleticism, but the thing that really stands out the most for me and him is his work ethic,” said Dwight Williams, Blue Valley’s basketball coach.
In the finals of the dunk contest, Shaw defeated University of Kansas commit Zuby Ejiofor from Garland High School in Texas.
Ejiofor led Shaw 56 points to 53, out of a possible 60 points, after the first two rounds of the competition.
In the final round, however, Shaw scored 27 out 30 points, while Ejiofor did not successfully complete a dunk.
— Aidan Shaw (@Aidan_Shaw24) March 29, 2022
“I’m not surprised to see him go down and win the dunk contest,” Williams said. “He’s always done a little bit of everything on the court. He blocks shots, he gets dunks and he’s a great three-point shooter.”
In addition to winning the dunk competition, Shaw is also a finalist for the 69th annual DiRenna Award, given to the most outstanding male and female high school basketball players in the greater Kansas City area.
The winners will be announced April 7.
Shaw has also hit another remarkable milestone this year, reaching 1,000 career points during at Blue Valley.
And he was one of five prep players in the state named to the Kansas State High School Activities Association’s 2022 All-Classes All-State Boys Basketball Team.
Introducing the 2022 Sports in Kansas All-State All-Classes Boys Top 5 Basketball Team
Brett Sarwinski – Galena Sr.
Elijah Brooks – Topeka West Sr.
Aidan Shaw – Blue Valley Sr.
Grant Stubblefield – Blue Valley Northwest Jr.
Damare Smith – SM Northwest Sr. #sportsinkansas pic.twitter.com/nYhKRGfziV
— Sports in Kansas (@sportsinkansas) March 22, 2022
Williams, who has been Shaw’s basketball coach at Blue Valley High School for the last four years, said he is sad to see Shaw go but excited for his next chapter.
Initially, Shaw signed a letter of intent last year to play at collegiate basketball at the University of Missouri, but since a coaching change at that school, Shaw announced on Twitter he has been allowed to “reopen” his recruiting process.
— Aidan Shaw (@Aidan_Shaw24) March 17, 2022
“He puts an extreme amount of work into his craft and to get better at the game of basketball,” Williams said. “He approaches the classroom, relationships and life the same way. He’s a well rounded young man.”
CBS will air the high school slam dunk and three-point event, which featured 12 high school seniors from across the nation, this Sunday at noon.