He’s been a thorn in the opponent’s sides the last two seasons. Now, Encampment’s Dalton Peterson is hoping to reach the pinnacle of 1A boys’ basketball.

The Tigers’ senior is a two-time all-state selection and the reigning Class 1A Southwest Conference Player of the Year.

WyoPreps’ David Settle sat down for a lengthy conversation with Peterson for our latest WyoPreps Spotlight Feature. They discussed a myriad of topics, which included the end of last season, how different the offseason was thanks to the virus, what he’s working on with his game, being the focal point of an opponent’s scouting report, his relationship with head coach Jake Johnston, his outlook on this season, some fun items, and more. Find out what Dalton said in the video at the top of this story.

Last season, Peterson averaged 20.7 points, 9 rebounds, 5.2 assists, and 3.1 steals per game. He was fourth in the state in scoring among all classifications and top 10 in all three of the other statistical categories. He shot 48.6 percent from the field and 43 percent from 3-point range. Peterson was 81 percent at the foul line. He scored the most points of any boys’ player in the state last season with 44 points against St. Stephens.

Encampment went 25-2 last year but was knocked off in the semifinals. They finished in third place.

After losing three seniors, one who was all-state and another who was all-conference, Encampment still has plenty of key pieces to be a contender in Class 1A again.

Head coach Jake Johnston also visited with WyoPreps. He had a lot of praise for his senior guard, his approach to the game, and the type of teammate Peterson is. Johnston also talked about the make-up of this year’s team, the competition in Class 1A, and more.

The Tigers opened their season last weekend with a pair of wins. They climbed from fifth to third in the latest WyoPreps.com Coaches and Media Boys Basketball Poll. Encampment heads to the Dogger Basketball Classic in Lingle and Yoder on Friday. One of their games is a top-five showdown with No. 5 Southeast.

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