Posted at 12 p.m. Nov. 11, 2016
Men’s basketball boasts home-grown talents
There were five seconds left in the Wyoming 4A boys state basketball championship game and Cheyenne South had the ball. The Bison were down by three and unfortunately, could not catch up to Cheyenne Central. This was a tough loss; however, this motivated Marquez Jefferson and Isaiah Dicks to continue their basketball career at the next level. Even better, it inspired them to work even harder so that they don’t go through a tough loss like that again. Both Jefferson and Dicks are freshman and playing for the LCCC basketball team. Jefferson is majoring in Physical Science and Dicks is majoring in Psychology.
When the opportunity came for them to play at the collegiate level together, they both jumped on it. “We’ve played together since the 7th grade and we wanted to continue to play together,” Jefferson said.
The opportunity to continue representing their hometown, this time as members of the Golden Eagles, was something they both wanted. Dicks said, “It is a blessing to be able to have the same support I did throughout all of high school.” They also noted that it would get the town more involved with LCCC Athletics.
Though they could have gone somewhere else to play, LCCC felt like home. “Both of the coaches were welcoming and the atmosphere was familiar,” Dicks said. They both are prepared to help LCCC improve as the team is on a rise.
LCCC was the best place to go in their minds because the school offered both of them positions as guards.
The toughest challenge that both Jefferson and Dicks brought up was that both being guards, it is going to be hard to secure a spot. Jefferson said “that he needs to stay focused and stay hungry to get playing time.” Some of the returning guards that these two are up against are Ola Ayodele and Alfonzo Anderson.
To overcome these challenges, they both put a lot of time and effort in the offseason. Jefferson and Dicks were involved in a traveling team during the summer where they traveled to places like Kansas and Colorado. They also came into the LCCC gym to work on drills and other skills.
“College basketball is way different than high school though because we have different requirements, more hours dedicated to the sport, and the amount of work we have to put in,” Jefferson said. Though it may be tough at times, both have very good attitudes toward all the work they will put in.