Why Shafer was selected: The senior scored 24 points and added 11 rebounds to help the Griffins to a 61-48 win over Romeoville, giving the school its first-ever regional championship.
The Herald-News sports writer Curt Herron talked with Shafer.
Herron: What do you like the most about playing basketball?
Shafer: I like the team aspect and I love winning. I've had the natural talent for it from a young age and it just gets more fun the more that you work on it.
Herron: What do you like the most about this season's team?
Shafer: We all have the same goals and really wanted to win a regional championship from the start. This is a really fun group and we all get along well.
Herron: What do you like the most about competing for Lincoln-Way East?
Shafer: This school hadn't won a regional championship so it always was my goal to do that for the coaches. I really love playing for the school since we have a lot of support behind us.
Herron: Who's someone that you'd like to meet?
Shafer: Kobe Bryant. I watched him play from a young age and he's inspired me a lot.
Herron: What sports team do you like the most and who's your favorite athlete?
Shafer: For basketball it's probably the Bulls. And LeBron James.
Herron: What's your favorite type of food and restaurant?
Shafer: Steak. And Chipotle.
Herron: What things do you like to do in your free time?
Shafer: Play Xbox with my friends, play any type of sports and just hang out.
Herron: Do you have any pets?
Shafer: I have a Lab named Bella.
Herron: What's your favorite movie?
Shafer: Scary ones, like 'Insidious'.
Herron: What type of music do you like?
Shafer: Hip hop and my favorite artist is Lil Uzi Vert.
Herron: What's the most interesting place that you've been and where would you like to visit?
Shafer: Las Vegas. And probably California.