• Senior Corwin gives Cats steady scoring punch

  • Adam Jones remembers the first time he saw Blue Springs High School senior forward Jay Corwin.

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  • Adam Jones remembers the first time he saw Blue Springs High School senior forward Jay Corwin.
    Let's just say,” Jones chuckles, “I wasn't that impressed.”
    But now, the 6-foot-7 Corwin is a member of the 1,000-point club and a big reason the Wildcats are expected to make some noise in the district tournament they are hosting next week.
    “You talk about a kid who has worked and worked and worked to get better at what he does,” the first-year Blue Springs boys basketball coach said, “no one works harder than Jay.
    “He's still tall and skinny, but he's a lot stronger than that first time I saw him at practice and he can be a force in a game.”
    Corwin is riding a 21-game streak in which he has scored double figures for the fourth-seeded Wildcats, who will meet Lee's Summit North at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.
    “It's kind of funny,” Corwin said. “The only game I haven't scored double figures was the first game of the season against St. Joseph Central. We were a young team and were still trying to figure things out and I scored five points.”
    Since then, it's been lights out – especially from long range, where he is one of the most feared 3-point shooters in the area.
    “He's so tall and lanky,” Jones said. “When he comes out and opens the game with a 3-pointer, it just sets the tone for the entire game. Teams have to come out and pick him up defensively and that opens up things for his teammates.”
    Corwin, who is averaging just more than 17 points per game, picked the perfect night become just the second 1,000-point player in the 14 years Jones has been associated with the Wildcats.
    It was Senior Night against Lee's Summit. He needed four points to reach the milestone, but went into the half with just three.
    “I didn't know I was that close to 1,000 points,” Corwin said. “I knew something was up because I heard some of my teammates talking about it and all my relatives were at the game.
    “I was so cold that night, I couldn't hit anything. But then, I came out in the third period and missed a shot, but got the rebound and hit a short jump shot.”
    And that was career point No. 1,000. He finished with 14 points in a 66-47 victory over the Tigers.
    “It was pretty cool,” Corwin said. “I'm a team guy, and all I'm thinking about is district, but from a personal point of view, scoring your 1,000th career point on Senior Night with all your family and friends there is very special.”
    Page 2 of 2 - When asked about the long road to 1,000 career points, Corwin grinned.
    “A lot of practicing in my driveway,” he said. “My dad always said if you can make a 3-point shot in the wind and the snow, it will seem easy taking the same shot in the gym.
    “And he was right. I was always the kid out shooting in the rain or shoveling the snow so I could shoot and practice in the driveway.”
    And that type of dedication has paid off for Corwin and the Wildcats.
    “I don't know where we'd be without Jay,” Jones said. “He's a great player and an even greater kid. We all want to make a deep run in the postseason because you hate to say goodbye to a great kid like him.”

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