Anchorage’s Colter Lasher is the next local basketball player headed to prep school.
The 6-foot-8 all-state forward has been accepted into the renowned Impact Basketball Academy in Las Vegas, where he will train alongside Anchorage’s Ryden Hines.
Lasher, of Dimond High fame, averaged 17 points and 8 rebounds last season on a team loaded with firepower.
“He’s a good player,” former high school coach Rob Galosich told me. “He’s capable of making big-time plays.”
Lasher will follow in the footsteps of Anchorage players such as Derrick Wilson, Tommy Hobbs and Devon Bookert, who gained increased national exposure after playing a year of prep school.
“I recommend prep school for most players,” Impact program director Tim Reinhardt told me. “Another year to mature physically and mentally, that’s a huge advantage, not only in terms of basketball but also how to handle yourself as a young person and how you go about your business, taking care of your academics and everything on and off the court.”
Alaska AAU coach Jim Young recommended the local players [Bookert, Hines, Lasher] to the prestigious Impact Academy. Young evaluates players in the state and then suggests which ones are good enough to make the cut.
“I’ll be honest with you,” Reinhardt said, “without [Young], we probably wouldn’t have this connection, this pipeline of great players coming out of Alaska.
“Jim is a very honest guy, that’s what we love about him. For us, he has been a great asset to our program and a great guy for creating these opportunities for Alaska players.”