GREENWICH, Conn. – Greenwich’s Hunter Eggers appreciates the ascent of the Greens Farms Academy boys basketball team more than any player on the team. The senior shooting guard is also one of the key reasons behind the transformation of the Dragons.
Greens Farms (21-2) won its first Fairchester Athletic Association championship Saturday with a 67-42 win over Brunswick. Wednesday, the top-seeded Dragons play Lexington Christian Academy in the first round of the New England Private School Tournament.
Eggers needs seven points in Wednesday’s game to become just the fifth player in GFA history to surpass 1,000 career points. The team has already set a record for most wins in a season.
Eggers enjoys the good times because he lived through the bad times. As a freshman, he was on the junior varsity as he watched the varsity finish 1-11 in the league and 12-16 overall. As a sophomore, he played in 23 games and averaged 6.3 points per game.
The last two seasons have been transcendent. He scored 12.4 points per game in helping the Dragons finish 18-5 last winter, and is averaging 19.0 points this year.
“When I was a freshman, we were a little shorthanded,’’ Eggers said. “We barely scraped by. We didn’t recruit as much, and it’s definitely different now than it was then. It’s amazing that we’ve been able to turn it around that quickly. Everything is going great now, but it didn’t happen overnight.”
The arrival of Nigerian transfer student Sean Obi, who lives with Eggers’ family, played a key role in Greens Farms’ transformation along with the arrival of third-year coach Doug Scott.
Eggers did his part by working on his game and his physique. He is physically much stronger than he was as a freshman, and his skills have become polished. He has developed into an all-around player who can pass, rebound and defend.
His game has developed to the point that he will play in college at Franklin & Marshall in Pennsylvania, a team that has made 23 NCAA Tournament appearances in Division III.
“It was always one of my dreams,’’ Eggers said. “I always wanted to get to that next level. Achieving that is like winning a championship.”