Two-time 4A player of the year Wyche signs with Laramie CC

May 24, 2016

DaZhon Wyche basketball

DaZhon Wyche

Even though DaZhon Wyche of Anchorage twice won Class 4A player-of-the-year honors in Alaska, he knows that respect disappears once he leaves the 907 area code.

So when he arrives at Laramie Community College in Wyoming this fall he doesn’t anticipate the red-carpet treatment.

“Nobody cares what I did in Alaska,” he told me. “And they don’t expect a lot of good basketball players to come out of here.”

Wyche has overcome obstacles his whole life. People questioned his dad’s decision to play him on varsity as a high school freshman. Then they doubted the point guard’s ability to be an impact player despite standing just 5-foot-8 and weighing 145 pounds.

Nobody can question Wyche’s no-fear style and supersized heart.

“At the next level they are overlooking that,” he said.

Wyche, of West High fame, finally earned his respect by being named player of the year despite the fact West did not qualify for the state tournament.

He averaged 25 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists per game as a senior.

His season highlight was a career-high 49-point performance against Planet Athlete Academy of Arizona during the Alaska Airlines Classic – the most points scored by an Anchorage prep player in since 1972.

He had many college options but picked the JC route to keep his dream alive of one day playing for a NCAA D1 school.

“My dream is to play Division I basketball and I just feel like if I could get a good year in at JC maybe I could find a D1 or if not it will take two years,” he said.

“I’m willing to put in all the work to get to a Division I college. If I have the change to go D1, that’s what I want to do. I want to pursue my dream.”