He’s the player whose name is on the signs and tee-shirts of possibly the and most enthusiastic fanbase around Massachusetts high school sports. A group organized and rowdy (in a good way), which recently spawned a popular Youtube video.
He is Jack Konevich, Andover High sharpshooter — the namesake of “Jack’s Jungle.”
And just like Jack’s Jungle — Andover’s student fan section — has grown in popularity, Jack Konevich’s role has taken off for the Golden Warriors basketball team.
In his first year on the varsity team, the senior has gone from bench player to a key member of the Golden Warriors’ starting lineup as a slick-shooting guard who has hit 33 3-pointers through the regular season.
“Coming into this year I was just hoping to play a role and help out when I could,” said Konevich. “But because of injuries I had the chance to start, and it has felt great to step up when they needed me. I wanted to prove I belonged. And I definitely never expected ‘Jack’s Jungle.’”
The Warriors are counting on Konevich to play a key role as they work to make a run in the Division 1 North tournament, which they were scheduled to kick off on Tuesday hosting No. 9 Medford.
“We knew Jack could shoot,” said Warriors coach David Fazio. “We knew he was confident and had a high basketball IQ. But we like to say he’s our ‘swag’ guy. He’ll hit a big three and give a little shimmy. He’s having fun, and that’s what sports should be.”
Konevich entered the season hoping to carve out a niche in the rotation. But with starting guard Reid Bryant and forward Connor Merinder out with injuries, the senior found himself taking on a new role.
“I felt ready to step in and help out when we were a few guys down,” said Konevich, who last week was accepted to University of Colorado Boulder. “In the Christmas Tournament in the win over (eventual MVC Large co-champ) North Andover I hit two big 3’s in the second half. That’s when I really started to feel like I could step up. Once I started to make my outside shots I started to feel really confident and the team started to see that I was a pretty good shooter.”