Class of 2015 prospect Austin Conway, one of Colorado's finest two-sport athletes as a basketball and football player, was cold shooting the ball on Friday night in a Centennial League game at Cherokee Trail. Conway, a dynamic point guard for Overland High School in Aurora, started the game 3-12 from the field, but his confidence never seemed to waver. In a wild 111-107 five overtime Overland win, Conway's teammate De'Ron Davis, a highly touted class of 2016 power forward, was the star, but Conway continued to make the hustle plays. He played tough on-ball pressure defense, scrapped for three steals, and used his speed to push the pace for the Trailblazers' offense. Finally, Conway also began scoring. He closed the game making four of his final six shots, all of them critical during the overtime sessions and he displayed a mental toughness that has helped him thrive both on the gridiron and the court.
"I feel I contributed pretty well," Conway remarked after the game. "I hustled, I played my butt off, I did all the little things I could've done. I didn't shoot the ball as well as I wanted to, but when my shot's not going, I'm making sure that I'm doing all the hustle things.
"I did a good job getting my teammates involved and I did a good job being a leader keeping everybody composed in this hostile environment."
Conway, a player with a football offer from CSU and a player that Coach Eustachy and his staff are also recruiting for basketball, is an elite level athlete. On Friday night, Conway displayed his blazing speed and quickness and showed flashes of his leaping ability. He is a tough matchup as he puts pressure on defenders with his ability to get up and down the court at a remarkable rate and with his quick first step. During one play on Friday, he took the inbounds pass and simply sprinted to the rim and had an athletic finish. Conway blew by Cherokee Trail's defense.
Conway also has good active hands on defense and can be a pest on defense with his athleticism and tenacity. He has a jumper that can be a bit inconsistent, but still has a solid shot and he gets good elevation on his jumper. Conway can also get to the rim and has slashing ability. He is a solid passer and has court vision. His greatest asset in basketball is his speed.
Conway is only 5'9 and needs to continue improving his all-around skills and consistency in basketball, but his on-court demeanor is solid. He is typically a calm and confident leader who is tough minded. He was never rattled during Overland's wild win on the road at Cherokee Trail. He finished the game with 16 points on 7/18 shooting from the field and had three rebounds and three steals.
The Overland point guard holds basketball offers from Indiana, Nebraska, and Wyoming, and has received interest from Colorado State, Arizona, Colorado, Montana State, Florida State, and some interest from Kansas. Conway has not recently heard from the CSU basketball coaching staff, but says, "The season's going, everybody's busy, so there actually focused on their basketball, but I'm sure I'll get some contact from them here soon."
For as good as Conway has been on the court, he has been just as impressive on the gridiron. Conway has yet to decide which sport he wants to play in college, but even though he is listed as an athlete on recruiting services for football and has returned kicks and punts and played defensive back, he views himself as a quarterback in college.
"This year, I devoted my offseason time to being a quarterback and a passer. My freshman year, I established a good run game for myself and I think I put a lot of fear in opponents that I could run the ball, but this year I also showed that I could run and throw the ball. It was just a great year for myself as a quarterback and establishing that role as a leader, having my teammates look up to me, and actually making the right play that they needed me to make."
Conway earned All-Colorado accolades this fall after throwing for 1,847 yards and 19 touchdowns and rushing for 1,130 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also averaged 7.2 yards per carry and says, "I'm looking to play quarterback. I think I would be selling myself short not being a collegiate quarterback, so I think at the next level I will push to play quarterback."
The Overland signal caller holds football offers from Colorado State, Montana State, Nebraska, and Colorado and has received interest from the whole Pac-12 conference, Vanderbilt, and Missouri. He is rated as 3 star for football by Rivals.
Overland's talented junior quarterback and point guard, Austin Conway, plays for one of the top 5A Colorado boys basketball teams. The Trailblazers boast a young but impressive roster and are currently ranked #3 by CHSAANow.com. De'Ron Davis is ranked #16 in the country for the class of 2016 and Overland has three other talented sophomores and an overall strong collection of athletes.
Conway, who comes off as being mature and humble off the court, says his goals for the rest of the basketball season are, "Being a leader, staying positive, making sure that I keep my teammates at the calm level, even when games get as hyped as they are tonight, and just doing my best. If I can control my effort, then I'm going to be in a good place. My shot's not always going to fall, but one thing I can control is my effort. I'm always going to control that."
Keep an eye on Overland's tough minded two-sport playmaker, Austin Conway. He will be playing at the next level in the sport he chooses.
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