Sky’s The Limit For Flatten With Skyforce
Sky's The Limit For Flatten With Skyforce
SIOUX FALLS, SD… Though he grew up two hours away in Clark, it took going to college at South Dakota State for Skyler Flatten to get familiar with the Sioux Falls Skyforce.
“The last 3 years I probably went to 4-5 games and I was there for their last championship.” Skyforce Forward Skyler Flatten says.
Getting a taste of professional ball only served the attitude he learned under Jackrabbit coaches Scott Nagy and TJ Otzelberger.
F”You’ve got to carry yourself professionally and you’ve got to be ready for the worst and ready for the best. You’ve just got to not get too high, you can’t get too low. You go out there every day and work hard and hopefully your work will reap the benefits.” Flatten says.
Which would help Skyler through several seasons that were lost to injury, and why he pushed for a medical redshirt and sixth season of eligibility.
“I always knew in the back of my head that it was going to be worth it. I just wanted to take advantage of the opportunity.”
And it paid off.
After averaging a career high 15.5 points in his final season as a Jackrabbit which put him on scouts radars, Flatten would eventually be signed by the Miami Heat organization.
“Everyone is looking for that long athletic, 6-6 wing that can shoot the ball from 3 and give your best players space by stretching the floor. And hopefully he can show that he can play defense at the level we want him to.” Skyforce Head Coach Eric Glass says.
Which meant starting his career in the state it began with Miami’s G-League affiliate, the Skyforce.
“It’s ironic man, but I’m super excited but it’s ironic how I ended up. It’s going to be a surreal feeling man, it will be crazy.”
Though it’s still a long road to the NBA, Flatten has had a knack…
“It’s kind of a cool thing for me to have that support like that and I don’t let it go to my head at all really, I really just kind of play my game.”
…for beating the odds in his backyard.
CORRECTION-During the introduction of the story we stated that Flatten is the second native South Dakotan to play for the Skyforce. We’ve since been informed he will be the fifth joining Joe Krabbenhoft, Josh Mueller, Jared Reiner, and Denver TenBroek.