Roaring Fork players Udall, Weissl share bright hoops future
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Side by side, Matthias Weissl and Torrey Udall emerged from the locker room.
As two of the last Rams to leave the post-game meeting, the two Roaring Fork basketball players were coming to grips with having their prep careers ended by Kent Denver in the Class 3A state tournament.
While they were clearly disappointed, both were grateful of their opportunity to be a Ram, learn from head coach Roger Walters and to have the thrill of playing on the big court with a big crowd at Moby Arena in the state tourney.
They also were optimistic about their future, one that they plan on going through together.
Weissl, a transfer from Austria, played just this season with the Rams and, outside of being the team’s leading scorer and one of the best guards in the state, he also formed a strong friendship with Udall.
Now the two are looking at attending schools and playing for basketball programs in the Division II Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. The duo is not sure which one, but they do know one thing they want.
“We will probably go together somewhere,” Weissl said.
Roger Walters, their coach at Roaring Fork, is sure their talents are Division II worthy and, like any coach, is looking forward to his players extending their hoops careers.
“They’ll definitely go somewhere and play and it will be fun to watch them,” he said.
If they play anywhere near as well as they did in high school, the pair should have a lot going for them in college.
Udall is a 6-foot-8 post who can hit 3s, hit layups, hit free throws and rebound and launch the ball down the court to hit open teammates on fastbreaks for layups.
Udall’s season averages hit double digits in scoring and rebounding, landing him numerous double-double games throughout the year. He finished 12th on the 3A scoring leaders list, averaging almost 17 points and 10 boards per game.
Outside of his play, Udall’s sportsmanship was just as impressive and noticeable as his numbers.
“He is such a great player. He is the epitome of what a high school player should be,” said Kent Denver head coach Todd Schayes. “They should give state championships just to kids like that.”
Weissl was the third-leading scorer in 3A this season, averaging more than 21 points per game. He hit 87 3-pointers ” more than 40 percent of the ones he attempted. Six of those came against Kent Denver on Friday, catching the eye of Schayes.
“What a tremendous shooter,” he said of Weissl after the game.
Weissl hit more than 60 percent of his field goals during the season as he cashed in all over the court, from layups to jumpers. Six times he scored 30 or more points in games. His Steve Nash-like, no-look passes added up to 63 assists, and his hustle led to 39 steals.
No matter what team the dynamic duo ends up with, it’s safe to say they will be noticed.
Contact Joelle Milholm: 384-9124
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