BONHAM — Senior Wyatt Dolberry’s basketball career has been on an ascent since he made the varsity roster as a freshman.
His all-district honors have shown it — escalating each season, even while Bonham’s boys basketball has been simultaneously on a bit of a roller coaster.
On Wednesday afternoon, Dolberry signed to play for the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, an NCAA Division II school, in the Leonard A. Gerner Gymnasium.
“It’s a great fit and opportunity to make an impact right away,” said the 6-8 Dolberry. “It’s a good thing to look for in a college.”
The scholarship to UCCS marked one of four offers received by Dolberry, also an All-Texomaland honorable mention as a junior despite a winless district campaign by Bonham.
Dolberry has made an impression on his current high school and AAU coaches, even though their time together has been brief.
“He’s grown a lot,” said second-year Bonham head boys basketball coach Scott Ellis. “He had a good junior year and great spring and summer.”
“He works hard. He has high character,” said Terry Thomas Jr., Dolberry’s Texas Impact 4:13 head coach for the last few months. “He gives you all he has. You can tell he really loves the game.
Added Texas Impact assistant Brenden Determann: “He never complains.”
With his decision made, Dolberry, an all-district honorable mention and second-team selection his first two seasons, will now look also to have an apex finish to his high school career.
Thus far, those years have included a postseason appearance sandwiched around two seasons far outside the playoffs. In 2015, Bonham advanced as the 12-4A fourth-place qualifier, but was dispatched in the bi-district round by Dallas Lincoln — the eventual Class 4A state champion.
Led by Dolberry, Ellis noted returning all but one player from last season’s roster.
“(This is) a great accomplishment for me going into my senior season,” said Dolberry. “We’ll be experienced. We hope to contend for a district title.”