6-foot-2 senior guard Pike Tancil is a very talented point guard from Willow Canyon High School. Pike was recently named the Player of the Year in the 5A Central Region.
Pike has been playing organized basketball, since he was 5 years old. He still values the time where he laced up his shoes for the first time and played his first basketball game. Pike remembers that he was very nervous, and remembers his heart pounding. He first got interested in the game of basketball at a young age and fell in love with it.
Pike described the experience as, “There was truly no better feeling than winning in the game of basketball.”
His favorite NBA player in the game today is Damian Lillard (Portland Trailblazers). Why does he love Damian Lillard so much?
“I admire his unbelievable work ethic and leadership qualities," said Pike. "He’s truly a magical player that makes everyone around him better.”
Pike has the same mindset, as he led the Willow Canyon basketball team each game, and desired to make his team better.
Pike wants to play college basketball. He wants an opportunity to play where a school gives him an opportunity. He loves team basketball, and believes in “sacrificing” for his team to help any team he plays on succeed.
Pike has a strong work ethic. He describes his work ethic as very strong, as he is always looking for ways to improve his game. Pike indicated that he is never satisfied where he is at as a player. He believes in improving daily - not only as a player, but as a person as well.
Pike feels the strongest part about his game, is his ability to create for his teammates while making sure he produces as well. He strives at driving hard into the paint, and being able to dish out, as well as dish in to find the best possible shot in a possession.
Pike feels that he needs to improve his three-point percentage. He wants to be able to knock down the three ball more efficiently. Pike aims to be a complete threat on the basketball court.
Pike described his award of being the “Player of the Year” in the 5A Central Region.
“This was truly an incredible honor to receive regional play of the year this past season. I’ve sacrificed so much to succeed as a basketball player in my career, and receiving an award of this caliber was so special to me. I couldn’t be more thankful for my teammates and coaches pushing me and helping me throughout the season," said Pike Tancil.
Pike and the Willow Canyon basketball team had a great season this past year.
“This past season has been incredible. To make the Elite Eight in the playoffs for the first time in school history is something that me and the group of guys will never forget. There were many long nights and early mornings from all of us, and to be able to lift that Region Championship, and cut down the net, was a feeling like no other," said Pike.
Pike describes his relationship with his coach as extremely strong.
“Coach Collette is like a second father to me. He’s always willing to provide anything that me and my teammates ever need. We have built such a great trust through my three years as a Wildcat. We’re always seeing the game the same way - whether that’s on film or in the game. I am so thankful for everything that man has done for me, and my basketball career so far."
He is inspired by his mom and dad to become the best possible basketball player he can be.
“My parents constantly are pushing me and motivating me to do great things in this wonderful game. I don’t know where I would be without my parents."
He also has dreams of playing professional basketball as long as possible.
“Playing some type of basketball - perhaps overseas, has always been a goal of mine."
Pike is also very involved in his community.
“I like to help with basketball clinics that my high school runs for the youth. It’s a great way to connect with the kids and give back to the community."
Pike has some goals for himself, as he wants to get the interest of many coaches during AAU/club season.
All great players have wishes. Pike’s one wish is to play professional basketball.
“That’s been a dream of mine since I was a little kid and something I always strive for. It’s that little thing in the back of my head that always sets off when I don’t feel like going to the gym. Also, being able to give back to my parents and family through basketball, would be a dream come true."
Pike Tancil is on a mission to be the best. Willow Canyon High School has a special player named Pike Tancil.