Former Riverton basketball star going to the NCAA Tournament
Former Riverton High School and Central Wyoming College basketball standout Chris Quayle is going dancing.
And no, we’re not talking about a night club in Fargo, we’re talking the BIG DANCE, the NCAA Basketball Tournament.
After a successful run with the Wolverines and Rustlers, Quayle was recruited to join the North Dakota State University Bison.
On Tuesday night, the Bison knocked off Omaha University to clinch a Summit League tournament championship, and an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. Quayle played 4 minutes in the championship game. He averages about 2.3 points per game this season, nearly 2 rebounds per game, and one assist per game.
The 6’5 guard is a junior after transferring, so with another year to go, the post-season also give him a few more practices and at least one more game of experience playing Division 1 college hoops.
The Bison are now waiting for “Selection Sunday,” which is this upcoming Sunday, to learn where they’ll play in the tournament. Because the Summit League is not known as that of a basketball-power, it’s likely that NDSU will draw a high seed in the tournament. Right now in fact, most bracket analysts have them as a 16 seed, the highest (and worst) seed possible.
ESPN.com’s Joe Lunardi has projected North Dakota State playing against ACC powerhouse North Carolina in the first round in Columbia, South Carolina. That, of course, is just a projection, and we’ll know for sure on Selection Sunday!
Quayle was the 4A Basketball Player of the Year in Wyoming in 2015 with Riverton. He is currently 1 of just 5 players from Wyoming high school’s playing division 1 college basketball.