Egolf earns all-state honor

First since Boozer to be named two-years running

Posted: Monday, April 02, 2007

Juneau-Douglas High School senior Will Egolf cemented his status as one of the Crimson Bears' top players Saturday.

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Egolf was named to the Anchorage Daily News / Alaska Media Class 4A All-State first team for a second straight year. He became the first JDHS boys player to receive such an honor since Carlos Boozer in 1998 and 1999.

Last season, Egolf became the first Crimson Bears boys player to be named first-team all-state since Boozer.

With a unique mixture of size, speed and agility, Egolf created headaches for opponents and electrified fans with his thunderous dunks and shot-blocking ability.

He helped lead the Crimson Bears to the state tournament each of the last two seasons. JDHS finished fourth in 2006 and sixth in 2007. He also became part of Southeast Alaska basketball tradition by helping Haines Merchants win the Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament Mighty B Bracket on Saturday.

While tall enough to be a center, Egolf exhibited the ability to play the post and the perimeter.

His soft outside jumper helped open spaces inside for Juneau's post players. He could also run the floor, turning any steal into an opportunity for a game-changing dunk.

Egolf posted a triple-double with 19 points, 13 rebounds and 11 block shots to beat then top-ranked Dimond 56-45 on Jan. 28.

He frequently played his best when going against top competition. Egolf scored a season-high 33 points on Jan. 19 in a 63-46 win over Ketchikan.

Kings junior 6-foot-9 center Damon Bell-Holter was also a first-team all-state selection.

Egolf will play for Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., next season. Bradley plays in the Missouri Valley Conference.

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