CENTRAL HIGH —
When an individual is presented with an opportunity, some will take full advantage, while others might simply pass it by.
For Central High senior Dallen Ferrin, he didn’t just answer the door when presented with the chance to be apart of the Bronchos basketball team, he knocked it clean off the hinges.
As a junior transfer from Duncan, Ferrin was forced to sit out all of last season due to ineligibility rules. But, that didn’t stop him from proving himself to CHHS head coach John Nease.
“I love basketball and there’s no other place I’d rather be than in this gym,” Ferrin said. “Sitting out a year really put it into perspective for me. It made me realize I need to make the most of the time given to me. A good basketball player is made by his work ethic. Kevin Durant said it best when he said ‘Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard’. I’ve tried to live by that everyday.”
Nease added he never had any doubts about Ferrin as a player or a person.
“I knew going into the situation that Dallen wasn’t just a special basketball player, but a special kid as well,” he said. “He came to me before last season and told me he would do anything to be apart of this squad. We talked a lot last year about developing him into the leader of the team, and it worked. Everyone gained so much respect for him because he was working hard everyday even though he wasn’t going to play one second.”
Instead of running the offense on the court, Ferrin was helping run the offense from the bench as an assistant coach.
“I was looking at last season as an opportunity to get used to the system and the guys,” Ferrin said. “I’d never been there from a coaches point of view. Being a player is much easier after having a coaches view. It really made me look at X’s and O’s more closely and understand how they develop.”
Four games into the 2012-13 season, things have changed very drastically.
Ferrin has emerged as one of the top up and coming players in Stephens County, exciting fans with his uptempo style of play, all the while averaging more than 15 points a game in the process.
“I tried to keep a lid on the fact that Dallen was going to be a solid player as best as I could,” Nease said. “Our administration had seen what he could do in practice, and they knew he was going to be good. I don’t think he’s going to be fading out anytime soon.”
In the process, the Bronchos have put together a 2-2 record, with each of the losses coming by 10 points or less.
“He (Dallen) can drive and shoot really well out there,” Bronchos post player Connor Albiston said. “Everyday he would show up and workout with us. You can see the improvement in his play and how hard he works even in the offseason.”
Aside from wowing his coaches and fellow teammates on the court, Ferrin recently gave his teachers something to cheer about when he scored 33 on his ACT exam.
“To be honest I really didn’t study for the ACT,” Ferrin said jokingly. “I went in there and felt really good about it. We had taken some practice exams and I had an idea of what to expect. I’m glad it turned out the way it did though.”
“Dallen is very smart and does a lot of good things off the court,” Nease said. “His attitude and his beliefs make him a role model for everyone. They see how he is off the court which makes them look up to him.”