Lasher to make jump to D1 at HBU [Basketball]

May 2, 2013

Colter Lasher

He was a man among boys in high school, yet Colter Lasher of Anchorage admitted he wasn’t ready for college basketball when he graduated a year ago.

Then he completed a seven-month training program at the Impact Basketball Academy in Las Vegas.

Now those concerns are history.

“After being there for a year,” he told me, “and playing with Chinese pro teams and playing against pre-draft guys, I have no doubt that I can play at the next level.”

The 6-foot-7, 215-pound forward will make that happen Friday when he signs his letter of intent with Houston Baptist University, a NCAA D1 school that is moving to the Southland Conference.

“That was always my dream, to go to a D1 school,” he said. “I always wanted to play against the best. I want to play against the players everybody sees on TV.”

Lasher, of Dimond High fame, last played in Alaska as a senior in 2012 when he was an all-state forward for the state champion Lynx team.

Then he went to Impact and got an education in Hoops 101.

“It’s basically basketball heaven,” he said. “Getting to train with the guys who train the pros, and getting to play basketball every day, it was a dream come true.”

In terms of how he’s gotten better, Lasher, 19, believes he has increased his athleticism, improved his interior game and sharpened his focus.

At Houston Baptist, he joins a team that went 14-17 last year and returns only two players taller than him.

“When I went there I seemed to fit in really well with everything they wanted to do,” Lasher said. “When I played with the guys I felt like I could get a lot of minutes early and jump right into playing rather than having to sit behind somebody and wait for my opportunity.

“My opportunity would be next year.”

Lasher will be one of eight Alaska men playing NCAA D1 basketball for the 2013-14 season.