West High’s Connor McCaffery Named MVC Player of the Year
Your Prep Sports
Connor McCaffery’s prep basketball career has been filled with state tournament appearances, conference championships and individual awards.
The West High senior point guard added another to his growing list of career accomplishments on Wednesday.
McCaffery was named a Mississippi Valley Conference divisional player of the year for the first time on Wednesday when he was announced as the 2016-2017 Mississippi Division athlete of the year.
The 6-foot-6 McCaffery led West High in scoring (19.8) and rebounding (4.7) while directing the Trojans to a 15-1 conference mark and a third consecutive divisional title.
McCaffery added 3.9 assists and 1.8 steals per game this season on his way to being named athlete of the year and a unanimous first-team selection.
It was the third straight year McCaffery earned first-team MVC honors.
Senior Devontae Lane and sophomore Patrick McCaffery joined Connor McCaffery on the first team while West High coach Steve Bergman was named Mississippi Division coach of the year.
Lane averaged 14.8 points and 3.7 rebounds per game and led West High in both assists (4.3) and steals (3.2).
Patrick McCaffery averaged 14.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and a team-best 1.6 blocks per game this season.
Class 4A top-ranked West High (20-3) has qualified for the state tournament for the seventh straight season.
City High (4-18) senior Chuck Johnson was a second-team selection in the Valley Division after averaging 11.5 points and 8.4 rebounds per game.
Dubuque Senior coach Wendell Eimers was named Valley Division coach of the year while Cedar Falls junior AJ Green was selected the Valley Division player of the year after leading the conference in scoring at 22.2 points per game.
Mississippi Valley Conference
Coach of the year – Steve Bergman, West High
Athlete of the year – Connor McCaffery, Sr., West High
First Team – *Connor McCaffery, Sr., West High; *Matt Mims, Jr., Cedar Rapids Xavier; Devontae Lane, Sr., West High; Patrick McCaffery, Soph., West High; Royshown Webb, Sr., Cedar Rapids Jefferson; Tyrese Nickelson, Soph., Waterloo East; Carondis Harris-Anderson, Jr., Waterloo West.
Second Team – Willie Guy, Soph., Cedar Rapids Jefferson; Kane Kramer, Sr., Cedar Rapids Jefferson; Jackson Joens, Jr., Cedar Rapids Xavier; Max Techau, Sr., Cedar Rapids Xavier; Trey Hutcheson, Soph., Linn-Mar; Austin Savary, Sr., Dubuque Wahlert; Carlton Todd, Sr., Waterloo West.
Honorable mention (Area Athletes Only) – Seybian Sims, Jr., West High; Izaya Ono-Fullard, Sr., West High.
All-Academic (Area Athletes Only) – Connor McCaffery, Sr., West High; Nate Disterhoft, Sr., West High.
Coach of the year – Wendell Eimers, Dubuque Senior
Athlete of the year – A.J. Green, Jr., Cedar Falls
First Team – *A.J. Green, Jr., Cedar Falls; *Noah Carter, Soph., Dubuque Senior; Drake Brewster, Sr., Cedar Rapids Kennedy; Derrick Diggins, Jr., Cedar Rapids Kennedy; Max Smith Drahos, Sr., Cedar Rapids Prairie; Griff Clark, Jr., Cedar Rapids Prairie; Lucas Duax, Jr., Dubuque Hempstead.
Second Team – Charles Johnson, Sr., City High; Jake Eilers, Sr., Cedar Rapids Prairie; Connor Duax, Sr., Dubuque Hempstead; Keith Johnson, Jr., Dubuque Hempstead; Carter Stevens, Jr., Dubuque Senior; Louis Psihoyos, Sr., Dubuque Senior; Isaiah Johnson, Sr., Cedar Falls.
Honorable mention (Area Athletes Only) – Antonio Turner, Soph., City High; Keshawn Christian, Fr., City High.
All-Academic (Area Athletes Only) – Jared Taylor, Sr., City High; JP Rethwisch, Jr., City High.