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Athlete of the Week: Blue Valley North center scores award

Andrew Orr
Posted at 7:24 PM, Feb 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-10 23:46:32-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Andrew Orr was the center of attention at practice on Wednesday and he's the actual center on the Blue Valley North varsity basketball team.

“I’m honored, obviously because it’s cool that there’s so many different athletes that play every week and for me to get chosen, I think it’s just really cool and it just shows that the hard work that I’ve put in, it shows when I play and I’m proud of that," Orr said.

The Mustangs are sitting at 13-1 on the season, their only loss is to Blue Valley Northwest.

“They just want to win, they don’t care about stats, they don’t care about individual achievements, I mean really Andrew would be the first one to say it’s not really me as the AOW, it should be everybody," head coach Ryan Phifer said.

Orr's growth won't end when the season does. He plans to continue his basketball career at Washburn University.

At 6 feet 8 inches tall, Orr is dominant in the paint for the Mustangs, but he's working to improve his game from around the arc.

“I’ve been working a lot on my ball handling and my shooting in general, not necessarily from 3, but from mid-range as well, because it’s something I want to be able to develop because when I go to college next year, I think for me to be able to be successful there, I need to develop those skills and be better at them," Orr said.

Thursday, the Mustangs will hit the hardwood against St. Thomas Aquinas.