Can Rapid City Stevens senior Dylan Pourier drag the Raiders to a AA state title

Far right, in 2018 Dylan Pourier helped lead Douglas to a 5th place finish in the Class AA tournament. This year Pourier transferred to Rapid City Stevens and Douglas finished 2-17….At left, Pourier leads the 15-6 RCS squad (No. 5 seed) into Thursday’s AA state tournament opener against (No. 4 seed), 16-5 Brandon Valley.

By Rich Winter

With their season on the line way back on March 2nd, the Rapid City Stevens Raiders trailed cross-town rival Rapid City Central 51-50 with 14 seconds left in their SoDak 16. Lose that game and the Raiders are out of the state tournament. And so, with 15.6 seconds remaining, down by one, Chris Stoebner knew exactly who was going to take the last shot.

Ok, so Pourier gets the rock, drives early, drive is contested, he passes, gets the ball back and is fouled on a 3-point attempt, trailing 51-50. Pourier dang near made the shot, despite being fouled…missed the first free-throw, nothing but net on the last two as Stevens earned the 52-51 win over RC Central.

Two Sacred Hoops player from Rapid City Stevens are heading to the AA state tournament.

Dylan Pourier and Mason Steele a 6-foot-7 junior Center. Steel played under the direction of Christian McGhee and Pourier under the direction of Matt Rama. That 17-U squad had a great summer, doing extremely well in the season-ending AAU tournament in Kansas City.

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Just before the prep season started, Pourier signed his letter-of-intent and will attend Dakota Wesleyan University starting this fall…Here is a little transcription from Pourier talking about going to DWU in an interview with Prep Hoops.

Dylan Pourier is the 16th ranked player in the class of 2019 in our SD 2019 Rankings. 

PHD: What made the decision to go and play at DWU? 

DP: I chose DWU because through the whole process of going on visits, my biggest thing was how comfortable I felt with the school, as well as the basketball. DWU gave me great vibes and the team, along with Coach Wilber made me feel welcomed and they made me feel like I could really make an impact.

PHD: How excited are you to be going to DWU for basketball?

DP: I’m crazy excited to be apart of Wilber’s program and learn from him and the guys that are there already, especially Ty Hoglund and Samuel McCloud.

PHD: What do you expect out of yourself and your team this final year?

DP: This season is going to be a good one with Rapid City Stevens High School. We have a ton of talent that a lot of people in the state don’t really know about. Knowing that the college situation is taken care of I just want to go out and win a state title. I want to do every little thing right and do my best to win it all.