Boucher's got talent, but he's no professor
PENDLETON - If Salem Academy's Landon Boucher looks a bit familiar, it may be because you saw his older brother on ESPN.
Grayson Boucher, who greatly resembles the Crusaders' guard, is a regular on the "And 1 Mix Tape Tour," a streetball tour known for hip-hop, flashy moves and trash-talking.
Fans know him simply as "The Professor," who is one of the tour's most popular players.
Landon Boucher learned everything he knows from his brother.
"I learned practically my whole game from him: dribbling, shooting, getting open shots, the way I move on the court," Landon Boucher said. "If you look at his game, it's very similar to mine."
Like The Professor, Landon Boucher isn't afraid to take long 3-pointers, as he has demonstrated in the tournament.
Landon Boucher talked to his brother before Friday's semifinal win.
"He said, 'stay cool and play your own game and you'll do good,' " Landon Boucher said. "I'm real tight with him, so he teaches me basically everything."
Boucher played in a game in Tampa last year, and he isn't ruling out joining the tour at some point. But, he said, college ball will come first.
"It's fun, but it's so hard to get involved," Landon Boucher said. "I want to play college basketball before I do that stuff."
Muscardin knows state: Bandon's Blake Muscardin is used to the spotlight, although he tries to share as much of it as possible.
After Wednesday's 65-34 dismantling of No. 2-ranked Bandon, the 2003-04 Class 2A Player of the Year admitted he also was on Regis' 2004 state champion boys golf team with a little coaxing.
But this is what the senior had to say about bringing home state titles in any sport: "Winning is a team sport, be it basketball or golf. You can't win a state title by yourself."
And the four-year Ram starter should know. He's played in the last four state title games in basketball alone.
To Eastern Oregon and back ... and back: The Olson family made great time Wednesday afternoon - Salem to Pendleton in three and a half hours - but the patriarch of the family did it all over again Thursday.
Olson's wife, Terri Olson, missed the Salem Academy boys opening win over Santiam Christian and didn't want to miss another game. Therefore, Greg Olson drove to the Portland airport Thursday, picked her up, and brought her back to the Red Lion in Pendleton.
The Olsons don't have a son on the team, but their son Garrett has known Crusaders' Kip and Brett Patterson since he was 3 years old.
For that, Greg Olson put an extra 440 miles on his car.