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Posted On: 05/5/18 7:53 PM
When Marcus Tsohonis went down prior to the last year’s 6A state tournament, Keylin Vance was ready. The fearless 6-foot-2, 175 pound combo guard from Jefferson High School stepped up to the task and while the Demos fell just short of the title, it was valuable experience for him going into next season.
Until next fall, Vance is staying busy. He’s playing his AAU ball with Nike Team Northwest 17U and so far after a couple of tournaments, he checked in with how it’s been going. “I feel like it’s been fine – I’ve been helping my team out,” Vance said. “But we’ve got the whole spring and summer, so we’ll see what happens.”
Last year at Jefferson, Vance’s role was largely off the bench as instant offense. Whether it’s hitting the deep three or taking the ball to the basket, putting the ball in the hoop is second nature for him. But Vance knows his role next season will change so he’s using AAU ball to help prepare for that. “They’re going to have me play point next year so I’ve got to step up,” Vance said. “I’m also working on my defense.”
College interest is just starting up for Vance who is keeping all of his options open. A good spring/summer going into his senior year will no doubt help him get to the level he has always dreamed of.
“D-I is the ultimate goal,” Vance said. “But if that doesn’t work out then I’m open (to other options) like junior college that will help me get there.”