Screen nets athlete of the week honors
GSPI Sports Editor
There’s no question Jeff Screen enjoys being a leader on and off the court for the Glenwood Springs High School boys basketball team.
Not that he had much choice. Screen is the only senior on the squad who played varsity for the Demons last season.
Fortunately for the Demons, he’s also at the most influential position on the floor ” point guard ” and he’s starting to find his comfort zone there.
“I’m finally following through on my role,” said Screen of his performance Friday night against Battle Mountain. “When I come out and do my job, the team usually does pretty well.”
He apparently did his job Friday. The Demons routed Battle Mountain 67-44 to win their league opener and even their overall record at 4-4.
Screen scored five points in the contest, and was invaluable with his court management. His performance earned him this week’s Glenwood Springs High School Athlete of the Week honors.
“With a bunch of young guys who have never played varsity basketball (the Battle Mountain win) is just going to give them more confidence,” Screen said.
And, as the younger players develop, Screen’s job gets easier and his confidence improves as well.
Screen spent most of last season playing at shooting guard. He’s still learning the nuances of being the court general, more responsible for setting up his teammates than scoring himself. But its not likely anyone will hear Screen complain about not getting enough shots.
“I’m in the perfect position this year,” he said. “We’ve got so many shooters on this team. This team is like a point guard’s dream. Whoever I give it to is going to get me an assist.
“My role is to get the scorers and shooters the ball. And I love getting assists.”
Screen admits the Demons will probably need to balance their game a little for a strong postseason run. To date, Glenwood has relied heavily on outside shooting, but Screen believes the Demons are improving their inside game with each outing.
He also thinks this year’s squad may have that intangible every successful team needs.
When asked what the Demons strength was, Screen responded with “Heart.”
“Everybody likes to win on our team, and we’re starting to get that feeling more and more,” he said. “When it comes to state and districts, just wanting to win is going to come up big for us.”
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