Canterbury boys basketball is in the midst of a transition and as a junior, Will Shank will be playing for his third different Cavalier coach in as many years this season. But with Shank as a constant in their lineup, do the Cavaliers have the tools to make a run at a postseason title again?
Shank is just a pest on the defensive end. His constant motion means that there is no consistent or very good way to break him down and try to take him off the dribble. Shank averaged 1.6 steals per game, but was harassing at getting into passing lanes and forcing turnovers. He registered six steals in a game opposite Northfield last season. Shank is also a scary sneaky rebounder, averaging 5.5 per game but with the will to take possession the ball, he is a guy you can certainly rely on in this area too.
Shank is what you would consider a big guard that finds comfort in moving east to west and north and south at his own pace and mixes up his offense efficiently. He attacks well off the dribble but knows how to make the proper pass when it is appropriate. He can finish on either side of the rim, with a reverse or straight up or he can pull up, which makes defenders think extra hard when guarding him. He lead the Cavaliers at 14.8 points per game, shooting 43 percent from the field and 69 percent from the foul line.
“We’re excited to have Will in our program because he’s the kind of player that looks to make his teammates better and has the ability to do it,” says new Canterbury coach Rob Westfall. “He’s focused, mature and determined for this season and he’s also starting to assume the leadership role that he will be expected to fully take on next year. The other guys respect him and I’m confident he’s going to have a successful season.”