Aug 6, 2017 - By Randy Tucker, Staff WriterWyoming Indian's versatile basketballer will play for United Tribes Technical College next season.
United Tribes Technical College specializes in high-end technical training and offers a variety of degree paths for students interested in a career in Information Technology.
It was a perfect fit for recent Wyoming Indian graduate Joely Trosper.
The fact head coach Kelsey Peltier was looking for a guard on the women's basketball team was a plus.
Peltier noticed Trosper during the Native American Basketball Invitational last month in Phoenix, Arizona.
"We were looking for guards that can move and play defense," said Peltier. "We were really looking for a defender."
Trosper was a two-year starter for head coach Aleta Moss at Wyoming Indian and played substantial minutes as freshman and sophomore.
A very versatile player, Trosper played every position for the Lady Chiefs, but usually played the high post or the three-guard position.
She was a Southwest all-Conference selection in 2017 and averaged 4.3 points per game, 4.1 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.5 steals, statistics that clearly indicate her versatility on the floor.
She in Wyoming Indian's runner-up finish at the state tournament in 2017 and also started in the third place win by the Lady Chiefs in 2016.
Trosper is the daughter of Milton Trosper, who played at Central Wyoming College and the granddaughter of Pat and Clarisse Harris and also the granddaughter of Maxine and Milton Trosper and Bryan Trosper.
The scholarships pays for all of Trosper's tuition and books and with an additional scholarship from Sky People, she will have a full ride at United Tribes.
Trosper follows a long tradition of Wyoming Indian athletes playing at United Tribes, including Jocelyn Underwood, Toni Valdez, Jasmine McGill and Tova Harjo.
"Joely will probably play the two most of the time," said Peltier. "So, she won't have to work so hard on offense and can concentrate on defense."
United Tribes has a solid front line returning, but Peltier needed to recruit guards.
Joining Trosper will be forward Mahala Shawl of Wolf Point, Montana.
Trosper was recruited by Minnesota West Technical which also has a good technical program, but no dormitories and students must find housing off campus.
At United Tribes, all freshman are required to live on campus and that pleases both coach Peltier and father Milton Trosper for Joely's first year.
Trosper's versatility will continue at the next level where at 5-foot-8, with good quickness, she could play the 1, 2 or 3 position for the Thunderbirds.
Trosper is the third member of Wyoming Indian's West Regional Championship and second-place state tournament team to move on to the college level of competition.
Amryn Brown signed with Central Wyoming College and Morning Gambler will play for Eastern Wyoming College this fall.
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