Michael Weathers couldn’t forget his first trip to the Kansas Class 6A basketball state tournament, and he insists he tried.
He doesn’t want to forget his last.
In March 2015, Shawnee Mission North reached the Kansas Class 6A semifinals, only to suffer a 14-point loss, ending Weathers’ junior season. The defeat consumed his off-season thoughts, he says — a bad memory he couldn’t shake.
He erased it a year later.
SM North won its first state title in the last 63 years when it captured the Kansas Class 6A state championship last month. The effort was led by a motivated Weathers, The Star’s All-Metro boys basketball player of the year.
He turned in efforts of 24, 23 and 26 points in the three-game state tournament.
“It was such a surreal feeling that we won one,” he said in the moments after hoisting the trophy. “After last year, this feels really good.”
The state tournament was simply a microcosm of Weathers’ season. He averaged 20.9 points per game for SM North, adding 4.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists. He was also regarded as the top defender on a team that relied on its defense. He averaged 3.2 steals per game.
“I felt like after we lost to Nixa (Mo.) in January, that was a wide awakening for me,” said Weathers, who will attend Miami (Ohio) along with his twin brother Marcus in the fall. “We came back and played hard and figured out we could compete with anybody.”