Ryan Power, a 6-foot-5 senior forward, has become an all-around quality player for the Patriots.
Power, who averaged 14 points and eight rebounds a year ago, has expanded his game to include more concentration on defense and rebounding, instead of just shooting and scoring. He scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a 66-47 Southern Chester County League victory over the Devon Prep Tide.
Power also had big games as Great Valley captured the holiday tournament it hosted in Frazer. He scored 14 points with four treys in a 57-34 victory over Upper Perkiomen in the semifinals. He came back with 14 points and 10 rebounds in a 63-61 victory over Pottsgrove in the championship game to land a berth on the all-tournament squad.
For his contributions, Power has been picked as The Phoenix Male Athlete of the Week.
"He is showing that he is more than a shooter this year," said Great Valley teammate Malcolm Weaver, a point guard and fellow senior leader whose penetration has helped create shooting space for Power.
Head coach Jim Nolan has guided the Patriots to winning records the last several years, and Power is one of the reasons why with his outside and inside post-up game.
"I try to mix it up rather than just shooting," Power said.
Even when he is having a cold shooting night, Power's other assets keep him on the court to help the Great Valley team.
Power and the Patriots suffered a difficult 37-36 loss to Unionville at home Thursday night. Power totaled five points and eight rebounds in the setback. He had both his field goals in the first period, one of them a 3-pointer.
Afterwards, Nolan and Power were at a loss for words.
"It was a tough loss," Power said. "They (Indians) were tough and up for the game. We weren't making our shots. We were missing open layups. We did OK defensively, but we have to finish off offensively. I was lacking tonight.
"It's frustrating. They were a very beatable team. They wanted the game a lot at the end. They showed it tonight."
Power and his teammates can be expected to recover quickly. They have faired well in the SCCL, finishing behind the PIAA Class AAA champion Kennett Blue Demons a year ago after leaving the Pioneer Athletic Conference (PAC-10).