Archive for Thursday, March 27, 2003

Dye keeps his word, makes first team

March 27, 2003

Senior Brandon Dye had some personal goals he wanted to achieve going into Basehor-Linwood's basketball season.

While he was not player of the year, he accomplished one of his goals by making the All-Kaw Valley League First Team.

Last year, after being named honorable mention, Dye promised that he would land on the first team this year.

The team's aspirations for a winning record quickly faded, only picking up four wins, but Dye was able to impress KVL coaches enough to earn their recognition.

The team did not have success, but Dye is not afraid to let people know his lofty individual goals.

"I wanted to be player of the year," Dye said. "I figured if I just played hard the coaches would see what I did."

Coaches did not name him the top player, but he is grateful to be mentioned among the elite of the KVL.

"It feels great being first team all league," Dye said. "There are a ton of other players in the Kaw Valley League. When you consider there are 12 players on 10 teams, and I'm in the top 12, it's a good honor."

BLHS coach Bruce Courtney agreed with Dye and said he might have achieved his goal had he not been so well known.

Dye started varsity as a sophomore and because of that the league knew he was a deadly outside shooter. A lot of times they geared their defenses to stop that.

"I can't help but wonder how good he could've been if teams didn't know him as well," Courtney said. "He drew a lot of attention and still produced. When somebody has games like Brandon did, you can't overlook that. He was definitely deserving and I'm very happy for him."

Dye showed early he had scoring punch. In the first two games of the season, he scored more than 30 points in each.

He could not keep up that pace, but he scored 16 points a game at the end of the season. He also had 4.4 rebounds a game.

Offense was never a problem for Dye, but he said he needs to work on some things as he heads to St. Mary College to play basketball. Atop that list is defense.

"I'm not very quick on the defensive end," Dye said. "I need to work on my defense and be able to move a lot more."

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