It’s been a wild ride for St. Paul Academy guard Dalante Peyton and that ride will continue for several more months.
SPA went to state two seasons ago and then won 19 games last year in their section title defense. From there Peyton moved right into basketball with the Minnesota Fury for four months winning 41 of the 50 games they played.
Free time? Not much. Dalante joined his SPA brothers for a football retreat. After that it was football practice and preparation, plus a quick interview with Northstar Hoops Report.
“This summer I was able to develop my on the ball defense and creating skills,” said Peyton about his basketball game this summer. “Overall (Grassroots Basketball) was great. Had many great coaches and great teammates.”
In the last weekend of summer basketball the Fury made a run at the top of the Vegas Classic division getting to the elite eight along with six Nike EYBL teams. It was a great way for Peyton to end his Grassroots hoops career.
Next is the winter season where Peyton and longtime teammate Kent Hanson return yet again for one more season.
“I'm feeling good about senior year,” Peyton said. “I'm positive things will fall in place. I need to step into my leadership role, start being more aggressive and most important, have fun with my teammates.
“If all that is done, success should follow. Senior year, still have no state ring. Still have something to prove.”
You have to love that attitude. Colleges do. Minnesota State-Moorhead and Concordia St-Paul have offered scholarships so far.
“Minnesota State-Moorhead, Concordia-St. Paul, Minot State, Winona State, and Drake have been contacting me the most,” Peyton said. “I will be taking visits after the football season is over.”
Peyton is a wide receiver and defensive back on the football field, a top 20 level senior talent at guard on the basketball court.