TRIMONT — Attack and defense of the perimeter at the post.
Standing a legit 6ft 6in, Zach Anderson used his length, shooting skills and vertical leap to throw a 3-point swoosh, drain a free throw, break the net on a 2-point jump or throw a dunk on the opponents.
The Martin West County junior indoor-outdoor hybrid hoop played a vital role in guiding the Mavericks to a 23-5 overall record and the Valley Conference men’s basketball championship during the 2021-22 campaign.
The perennial all-Valley Conference selection topped the blue-and-black offense in scoring by producing 520 points en route to an 18.9-point clip this winter.
The four-year-old varsity letter winner will enter his final prep season on hardwood courts in nine months with 1,316 career points.
The three-time Sentinel All-Area pick has also shown his defensive skills as he paces Martin County West’s stat charts in steals (57) and blocked shots (36) this season.
Anderson also penciled in the No. 2 marks for rebounds (176) and assists (51) in the Mavericks’ 28 games.
Anderson proved that all of his hard work this offseason paid off as the Martin County West floor leader burned the net on 114 of 134 free throws for 85.0%.
The versatile multitasker also drained 61.3% of his 2-point attempts (119-194) and 47.2% of his 3-point attempts (59-115) to cap an outstanding junior basketball campaign.
For all of his contributions on and off the prep court, Anderson was chosen as the 2022 Sentinel All-Area Basketball Player of the Year.
Here’s a look at the rest of the 2022 Fairmont Sentinel All-Area men’s basketball lineup.
Adam Heckman (Truman/Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain) — Fear the beard.
The 6-6 senior post player etched his name in the Jaguar boys’ basketball record books in three major statistical categories.
The perennial Valley Conference pick left his stellar high school playing career as the Jaguars’ all-time leading point producer (1,630), No. 1 rebounder (850) and leading passer (172 assists). ).
Heckman averaged a double-double of 20.7 points and 10.5 boards each time he stepped onto the hardwood court this season to outplay the purple-and-white effort.
Heckman dished out 45 assists, denied shots from 33 opponents and bagged 33 interceptions to showcase his versatile skills in the 2021-22 campaign.
The bespectacled Jaguars center made 195 of 294 2-pointers for 66.3%, made 20 of 49 3-point attempts for 40.8% and sank 68 of 114 free throws for 59.6% this winter .
Zach Jorgensen (Fairmont) — Mr. Longevity.
The three-time Big South Conference pick left an indelible mark on the Fairmont boys’ basketball record books. The 6-4 senior guard/forward ended his four-year college career in second place in all-time assists (374) and games played (105).
The Cardinals backcourt star showed off his versatility as he ranked fourth all-time in rebounds (516) and 10th in career points (930).
Fairmont’s No. 2 top scorer – 10.2 points per game – this season has topped the roster with 103 assists and 44 steals in the 2021-22 campaign.
Jorgensen, who had 113 rebounds, made 99 of 248 2-pointers (39%), 17 of 55 from behind the arc (30%) and 40 of 64 free throws (62%) in his final prep season . .
Ashton Lloyd (Blue Earth area) — Difficult to defend.
The Big South Conference point forward topped the Bucs’ statistical charts in four major categories to cap off a stellar junior season on the hardwood court.
The 6-5 Lloyd scored a team-best 566 points (22.6 ppg), had 287 rebounds (11.5 rpg), denied 23 shots and burned the net for 71 shots in 3 points in 2021-2022.
Lloyd also finished second on Blue Earth Area in bagging 38 interceptions to complete 42 assists this winter.
The outside-in shooting phenom made 50.6% of his 2-point shots (137 of 271), 34.3% of his shots (71 of 207) and 74.5% of his free throws (79 of 106 .
Aiden Lofstrom (North Union) – From key reserve to frontline star.
The 6-1 sophomore forward earned a spot in the Warriors’ starting lineup seven games into the season and finished as the team’s leading scorer and rebounder this winter.
Southpaw Lofstrom generated 11.2 points and grabbed 5.0 rebounds per outing to complete 24 steals in 2021-22.
Lofstrom scored 100 of 163 field goals for 61.3% to close out his debut as a full-time college starter.
Tanner Sinn (Martin Co. West) – The hardest worker.
The all-state varsity selection topped the Mavericks board averaging 8.0 rebounds per outing and finished second to Zach Anderson in scoring with a clip 14.9 points this winter.
The All-Valley conference pick showed his defensive skills as he finished second to Martin County West with 54 steals to complete 37 assists.
The 6-3 senior postman, who scored 56.9% of his field goals, played a key role in guiding the Mavericks to the Valley Conference championship and a 23-5 overall record in his last basketball prep campaign.
Sawyer Tordsen (Fairmont) – Most improved.
The 6-6 junior center became the Cardinals’ leading scorer and rebounder in the 2021-22 season.
The all-Big South Conference pick had 12.4 points and pulled out 8.1 rebounds per outing to help Fairmont finish with a winning season at 13-12 overall.
Tordsen, who recorded 21 blocked shots, made 129 of 217 field goals for 59% and 52 of 96 free throws for 54% in his first season as a full-time college starter.
Gabriel Torres (Blue Earth zone) – Top notch passer.
The Big South Conference honorable mention pick has displayed outstanding hands at both ends of the hardwood court this season.
The 5-9 senior playmaker dished out a record 4.9 assists per outing to complete a team-high 49 steals in 2021-22.
Torres, at the foot of the fleet, clinched second place in the Bucs scoring charts with an average of 13.0 points, in addition to pulling 99 rebounds.
The floor leader sank 95 of 220 2-point shots for 43.2%, 24 of 70 from behind the arc (34.3%) and 62 of 93 from the free throw line (66.7%) to cap an exceptional final preparation campaign.