Nate Talich’s dream comes true, commits to Wyoming Men’s Basketball

The Cheyenne Central basketball player will be a preferred walk-on for the Pokes
Published: Mar. 24, 2022 at 1:38 AM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Cheyenne Central senior Nate Talich’s UW recruiting journey began following the 2021 4A Boys Basketball State Championships. Talich’s Indians won the state title and the communication between himself and the Pokes began.

Most of Talich’s conversations were with UW Assistant Coach Shaun Vandiver. Talich said the two talked every week and he also talked occasionally with UW Head Coach Jeff Linder.

Finally, this week, Talich got the call he has been waiting a lifetime for.

“That morning of Tuesday, I got on the phone with Coach Linder and the first thing he said to me was, ‘You ready to make your dream come true and be a Cowboy?’ So, that was the best sentence I’ve ever heard; when he said that I immediately jumped on it.”

Talich led the 4A class in scoring as a senior, averaging 23.3 points per game. He was also top-five in rebounds (8.5), assists (2.9), and steals (2.6).

Make no mistake about it, this preferred walk-on commitment is a big deal for Nate, a two-time Prep Athlete of the Week. He said that he has always wanted to play for the Cowboys and it’s also a family tradition to play sports for Wyoming.

“My dad played football [at the University of Wyoming]. My uncle from Cody played football there. Now my cousin from Cody, who was a freshman last year, is playing football there. So there was always that tie-in there and, I don’t know if anyone else can say this but us, but I legit bleed brown and gold and I knew there was a tie there and once that I heard that I have a preferred walk-on spot, there was no doubt in my mind that’s what I wanted to do.”

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