Growth On, Off Court Helping Fast-Rising Cheney

Let’s hope Bryce Cheney likes shopping.

In many ways he probably didn’t have a choice.

Such is life for the senior forward who likely went through clothes faster than pens at Moon Valley High School over the past three years.

“He grew four inches before last season,” Rockets head coach Matt Elliott told said about his top player.

The 6’7 versatile wing sprouted six inches in two years and has gained interest from college coaches on the west coast. Cheney already has an offer from Weber State and last week got a call from Cal-Poly. Rice and UC-Davis have also shown interest after he averaged 11 points, five rebounds and three assists as a junior helping lead Moon Valley to state playoffs. He is projected as a shooting guard or small forward at the next level.

Now it’s time for Cheney to use the summer to help perfect his craft on and off-the-court.

“My lateral movement is pretty slow,” Cheney explained to at last week Arizona Christian Team Camp in north Phoenix. “I need to work on my footwork…I really need to work on my leadership skills and just being able to control the team.”

Chaney sounds like he can be his own worst critic.

“High character kid,” Elliott said. “He does the right thing when nobody’s watching which we always talk about…Bryce has always been a leader since his freshman year. He knows it’s his team and it’s time for him to step it up.”

Cheney has already stepped up in the classroom. He has a 3.3 GPA taking honors and AP classes at MVHS. When not playing basketball or hitting the books–he prefers to hit something else.

“[I] play sand volleyball a lot,” he explained with a smile. “We go to ASU West. There’s a park over there.”