Playing on the varsity level as a freshman is a rare accomplishment and few area boys did so last season. One who did, and stood above all the rest, was Central Noble’s Connor Essegian, who already has made his name as one of the area’s top scorers.
That puts a lot more pressure on him heading into his sophomore season but Essegian has shown no indication that he can’t carry that weight. His 433 total points during his freshman season not only helped the Cougars to a second place finish in the Northeast Corner Conference, it broke the Noble County record for most points in a season by a freshman. It was a record that had stood since 1966. He is on pace to be the second leading boys scorer in the county’s history. It is no secret that Essegian is a lights out shooter from long range, hitting 35 percent of his three point shots a year ago, helping him to his 18.7 point per game mark. But he has worked hard to be able to score at all other levels of the court too, getting to the basket and started to play a little above the rim this summer with Team Focus.
With Division 1 interest already growing, the next three years will be fun ones to watch as Essegian’s skill set grows and intensifies. Essegian is also a talented passer, mostly in part to his court vision and ability to actually get up and down the court with his head up and using his peripheral vision. Right now, he is more of a 2 than a 1. But, he is a good scorer that is quickly learning to use his length and athletic ability to attack the basket and score at the rim and not just settle for the three ball that he knows is potent.
“Connor is a very good offensive player. He can score and help his team offensively in a variety of ways,” Central Noble coach John Bodey says. “He is a very competitive kid who has worked extremely hard this past off season to improve all aspects of his game.”