East Newton’s Killion passing up college basketball offers to study engineering

Connor Killion had offers to play basketball in college, including an offer from Division I Navy.

GRANBY, Mo. – East Newton High School senior Connor Killion is having a special season.

“We’re having a lot of fun. This is my last year, and I’ve been around these guys a long time,” Killion says, “We’ve been playing for four years together, and even before that. We’re just trying to make this last season a good year for us, and we’re trying to have fun doing it.”

Killion can do it all for the Patriots.

He’s averaging 15 points, 5 rebounds, nearly 3 assists and 2 steals per game, helping the team go 12-1 to start the season.

“He’s an exceptional ball-handler. He’s a great passer and he shoots it really well,” says East Newton head coach Kyle Fields, “He’s kind of one of those, like baseball talks about five-tool players, he’s kind of one of those for us.”

Killion has offers to play at the next level, including an offer from Division I Navy.

However, he has made the decision to pass up the chance to play in college to focus on studying engineering after high school.

“I’ve thought about it for a long time. I had great opportunities,” Killion says, “I talked about it with my parents for a long time, I talked to other mentors like my coaches, but I figured what was best for me was to pursue academics and my major. I just think it would be my priority right now.”

His love for the game isn’t going anywhere.

“I’m sure I’ll miss basketball. I love basketball,” Killion adds of passing up the chance to keep playing, “I’ve played for a long time. You miss everything you love, but it’s just the next journey of my life, and I’m looking forward to doing that now. ”

With his decision made, his focus now is making sure this East Newton team finishes the season as strong as they’ve started it.

“We’ve gained a lot of confidence, getting a lot of wins under our belt,” he says of the team’s 12-1 start,  “I think that really motivates us to want to do well in the postseason as well.”

“We’re just taking it one game at a time,” Fields finishes, “We’re going to look at Friday, really getting better and playing good basketball in a tough environment against a really good team. Then we’ll look to the next opponent. I think we have keep things in perspective right now, for sure.”

East Newton is currently ranked #9 in the state in the latest MBCA Class 4 state rankings. The Patriots will be on the road facing Nevada on Friday night.