Connor Younger had a season to remember for Basehor-Linwood this year, earning several honors along the way including 2nd-Team All-State and 2nd-Team UKC. The sharpshooting lefty had one of the best seasons of his young career, scoring 18.6 PPG, shooting 49% from the field, and 32% from three. Younger is a great on-ball and perimeter defender, with an all-around game that makes him a great guard at the next level. We were able to catch up with Connor and discuss his season and his plans for the next level as well.
RLH: How was the season for you at Basehor this year?
It was the most fun I have had playing basketball, we had one of the best seasons in Basehor history.
RLH: You guys had an incredible year, only lost two games along the way to really good teams, how’d you guys handle the pressure all year?
We played as a team and everyone was involved working towards the same goal and that was to win it all.
RLH: What’s it like to play with players like Cory and Jordan?
It was really fun playing with such great scorers like Cory and Jordan.
RLH: Your season got cut short, but not before you guys were able to avenge last year’s state championship loss, what was the message heading into that game against Andover Central?
We all were still mad from last year’s loss and wanted to get revenge and everyone wanted to beat them because of how we felt walking off the court last year.
RLH: What do you think was key this year in beating them?
We played a really good all around team game this time and Cory and Jordan really stepped up to help us win the game.
RLH: What’s it like to play for a coach like Coach Pip with Team KC?
I had a lot of fun playing with coach Pip over my last summer of AAU ball. He was a great coach and mentor at the same time.
RLH: You’re one of the leading scorers on your team, how’d you handle defenses knowing that they knew you were one of your guys’ go-to scorers?
I just came in with the same mentality every game and that was to win so even if I wasn’t scoring a lot at first I was gonna affect the game by rebounding or getting my teammates buckets.
RLH: You’re a Top 5 player in your class in the state of Kansas, what’s your case for being #1?
I think I’m too 5 for sure I can shoot the ball from 3 , from mid range I can drive it to the hole, I can defend, pass and rebound.
RLH: If a college coach asked what are the strong parts of your game? What would you say?
I would say my shooting, my game is based around getting my shot off so shooting and my ability to pass the ball.
RLH: What are you doing to improve as a basketball player?
I am trying to get in the gym everyday to put up shots or work on my ball handling, and to stay in shape.
RLH: Are there any updates on your college recruitment? What schools are contacting you the most? Any offers?
KCKCC, Baker, Pratt, Lincoln Land, and Concordia .
RLH: If so, what messages are the coaches conveying to you?
They want me to come out for a visit.
RLH: What are you looking for in a program at the next level?
I want a coach that is gonna push me and make me better.