KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Blue Valley’s Aidan Shaw and St. Thomas Aquinas’ Beatrice Culliton won the 2022 DiRenna Awards for the best boys’ and girls’ basketball players in the KC area.
Culliton, an Oklahoma player, averaged 15.3 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.4 steals for the Saints in her senior year en route to the program and won the sixth straight Kansas 5A state title .
Culliton was a two-time finalist for the DiRenna Award before winning it this year. The four-star recruit thanked her teammate Charlotte O’Keefe (University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Commitment) for helping her get to where she is today.
“She passes shots to get me the ball sometimes and I think that’s a really great trait to have as a teammate,” Culliton said after the ceremony. “I don’t know how to play without her.”
Shaw, a Missouri signee, averaged 21.2 points, 11.1 rebounds, 3.5 blocks and 2.4 assists for the Tigers. He said his family is a big part of how he got to where he is today.
“I am blessed to be part of a Hoop family. All athletes. I have to dedicate it to my parents mostly,” Shaw said after receiving the award. “
Both athletes join a long, illustrious history of DiRenna award winners, including Christian Braun, Ochai Agbaji, Payton Verhulst and Chandler Prater.
The awards ceremony was followed by an all-star game between the Kansas and Missouri teams; The Kansas teams won the boys’ and girls’ games.
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