Tuba City's Yazzie signs with Little Big Horn College

Davean Yazzie, from Tuba City High School, signs a letter of intent to play basketball at Little Bighorn Horn College in Montana. From left: coach Wes Spotted Bear, Davean Yazzie, his mother Denise Becenti and father William Yazzie. Submitted photo

Davean Yazzie, from Tuba City High School, signs a letter of intent to play basketball at Little Bighorn Horn College in Montana. From left: coach Wes Spotted Bear, Davean Yazzie, his mother Denise Becenti and father William Yazzie. Submitted photo

TUBA CITY, Ariz. - DaVean Yazzie, 18, a recent 2016 Tuba City High Warrior graduate and son of Denise Becenti and William Yazzie of Tuba City, signed with Little Big Horn College located on the Crow Agency in south central Montana. He has a full ride scholarship to play college basketball.

Yazzie, who was originally only interested in football and baseball, got a slow start in basketball until high school, but then started to take it much more seriously the past 3 years.

Yazzie's court skills and playing strategy caught the eye of the men's basketball program director at Little Big Horn College and they signed him with his parents witnessing the contract ceremony.

Little Big Horn College is a tribal college located on the Crow Indian Agency with an enrollment of around 400 students. The school is made up of 93 percent Crow agency tribal members, 2 percent other tribal members and the rest non-Native local community members.

Little Big Horn College offers eight associate of arts programs and two associate science degree programs.

Yazzie hopes to study exercise science and athletic training degree programs.

Chartered in 1980, Little Big Horn College is named after the smaller of two rivers that run through the Crow Agency reservation. Little Big Horn College is a 1994 Land Grant institution chartered by their Crow Tribe.

Jamie Roe, Tuba City High School athletic director, said he is proud of Yazzie.

"He really deserves this opportunity for all the hard work he put in this past few years," Roe said. "It will be a great opportunity to show his skills in this Division 1 level of basketball playing. DaVean has the discipline and the positive attitude to help Little Big Horn in their game strategy. I just wish him the best."

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