Lasley the real deal
Don't worry about the missed free throws or the occasional air ball here and there. Piper High School's Lorenzo Lasley is the real deal. On Friday, Dec. 7, the Basehor-Linwood Bobcats found that out.
"That guy is unstoppable," said senior forward Eric Peeler, who was the chosen one assigned to stop Lasley. "I just can't believe how high he can jump - it's amazing."
As amazing as it is, it's just one of the many talents that Lasley possesses. Inside and out, dribbling and rebounding, scoring and dishing, the Kaw Valley League's reigning player of the year can do it all and on Friday night, he did.
"He's head and shoulders above everybody else on the court in more ways than one," Courtney said. "He's a good ball player. He can shoot, pass and score. That makes it tough to match up with him and tonight we had a tough time."
The Bobcats had the most success with Lasley when they kept him away from the basket. According to Lasley, however, it wasn't really the Bobcats that kept him away from the hoop. He said he tries to play within the scheme of Piper's offense and that often keeps him on the perimeter.
"I do what coach asks me to do and I try to keep my game within the flow of our offense," Lasley said. "I think my strength is inside, attacking the basket, but no matter where I am I just keep working hard and take things as they come."
Friday night, things, particularly points, came early and often. Lasley got the Pirates on the board right away with a soft hook inside. On the next possession, the 6-foot-6 senior took the ball to the hoop with authority and scored again.
Both Courtney and Peeler said if Lasley were on their team, they'd put him down low for the entire game and let him dominate inside.
"I'd probably use him more in the post," Courtney said. "He's just so big and so good around the basket. It would depend on who else I had to go around him, but obviously the way they use him works just fine."
Lasley finished the game with 16 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Included in that line were two ferocious slam dunks that sent the Piper gym into a frenzy. Peeler said those would most likely be the only dunks that BLHS sees all season.
"I think he's probably the one," Peeler said. "You might see a few out of me, though."
While the dunks are exciting and a goal of Lasley's every game, he said he'd be just as happy scoring less as long as his team was winning. As far as repeating as the KVL player of the year, Lasley said that's something he hadn't really thought about. Instead, he just wants to play basketball and let the chips fall where they may.
"I just take it step by step," Lasley said. "That'd be nice to be player of the year but whatever helps the team is what I'm interested in doing."
So far, that's been good enough as the 52-32 win over the Bobcats improved Piper's record to 3-0.