FOX 44/ABC 22 HS Athlete of the Week: Rice Memorial's Ben Shungu

Published 03/26 2014 09:57PM

Updated 03/27 2014 10:42AM

Burlington, VT -- It was one of the most dominant state title performances in recent memory. A 31-point win for Rice Memorial led offensively by sophomore Ben Shungu, this week's FOX44/ABC22 Athlete of the Week.  

"Open looks I got, knocked them down." said Shungu after celebrating at Patrick Gym in early March. "And then anytime I could drive, I would go and drive and make a play for my teammates."

Shungu is the second member of the Rice roster to be named Athlete of the Week this season. Fellow sophomore Kendrick Gray shared the story of his father's passing in late December. He says it coincided with the turning point for their team.

I think after my father passed away we all came together." Gray said. "And that's what made us a championship team."

Their bond cemented how much this year's title means for Shungu.

"It means so much man, that kid has a lot of heart." Shungu said. "And just getting this one for him and the team man it means a lot. It means a lot."

Together, they represent the present and future of what could be a Green Knight dynasty. 

"We know that we can push it through the end, and make another championship run." predicted Shungu.

"I think that we will probably take it next year." Gray told us. "I'm saying that right now I think we'll take it next year."

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