May 15, 2015

Dancer owns the floor

Kevin McCarthy

Beyer High isn't located in any sort of metropolis. Try Modesto over in the San Joaquin Valley. But it is the alma mater of Timothy Olyphant of “Justified” fame and Jeremy Renner who first created noise starring in the film “The Hurt Locker.” Will 6-foot-3 2016 guard George Dancer get his name added to the list of notable Patriot alumni?

photo of George Dancer

A First Team All Modesto Metro Conference honoree for his play this season, Dancer displays something special near the ends of games. He provided a perfect example: “A couple of weeks ago, we were playing Lakeshow in the Nor Cal Review. With five seconds left, I hit a three 10 feet behind the line to win the game.” That was playing for Coach Kyle McKim on the Revolution Basketball Club, the spring and summer version of the Beyer High squad which McKim also heads.

But to a query about his best basketball skills, Dancer answered, “probably dribbling and driving. I like the ball in my hands.”

Here's McKim describing his star player: “George is a special kid. He had a good junior year and has great vision and size for a point. He gets to the rim well and also is a very good student.” Beyer finished the season a very strong 24-5, 11-3 in league play.

Dancer has transformed himself and his play from earlier days. “Since my freshman year, I've developed mentally and make a lot better decisions. I also keep my emotions hidden.”

His play in the Nor Cal Review elicited this from Steve Hu of Nor Cal Preps: “Dancer has an accurate perimeter shot as he hit several three-point baskets in both games. He also was the focal point on offense as he directed his Revolution club that is made up entirely of the Beyer High team. Beyer finished runner up to Modesto Christian in league play but Dancer is a legitimate scoring threat.”

Dancer will soon be taking his college entrance tests which will generate greater recruitment and the Revolution team will be on display in the upcoming Double Pump event in Los Angeles as well as the Fab 48 in Las Vegas come July.

Possessing a vision of his life down the road, he said, “I want to be a biology teacher.” From dissecting invertebrates and mammals to slicing up defenses, call on Dancer.