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Dickinson State Athlete of the Week - Michael Vandall

After averaging 5.6 points over the first eight contests, Dickinson State junior guard Michael Vandall netted 40 points over a pair of games on Jan. 4 and 5. In the first, a 64-62 win over Bellevue (Neb.), Vandall earned a game-high 21 points, an...

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After averaging 5.6 points over the first eight contests, Dickinson State junior guard Michael Vandall netted 40 points over a pair of games on Jan. 4 and 5. In the first, a 64-62 win over Bellevue (Neb.), Vandall earned a game-high 21 points, and the next day, he contributed 19 points in a 71-62 loss to Dakota State (S.D.). He also added 18 rebounds and a pair of steals over the two games.

In an exhibition game against North Dakota State on Sunday, Jan. 6, Vandall added six points in the 85-53 loss.

DP: Why did you choose Dickinson State?

MV: "I chose Dickinson State not only because of basketball, but because of the school, overall. The program I went into is exercise science and I know from just friends and family that have gone to school that it's a great school. The teachers are great and the program I'm going into is great as well."

DP: How long have you been playing basketball and what do you most enjoy about it?

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MV: "I've been playing basketball since the third grade and the thing I most enjoy about it is just meeting new people from all over the country. Basketball has taken me everywhere and I didn't imagine playing this far in my career, in high school. Another thing is, I just love winning. I hate losing, so winning is a big thing for me."

DP: Where is the coolest place basketball has taken you?

MV: "I would say, California. San Diego. I played AAU down there for two summers."

DP: Do you do anything else on campus?

MV: "No, I'm actually a pretty chill guy. I just go to school and play basketball and that's it."

DP: Why do you think you recently started scoring more?

MV: "I think it's because my confidence has gone up a lot. My teammates, them feeding me the ball and them believing in me and scoring has really boosted my confidence. So them, my coaches and my teammates believing in my scoring abilities has really upped my scoring."

DP: Do you have any team goals?

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MV: "Team goals for us, is to win as many conference games as we can. It's a very even conference. Nobody is too high in skills or too low, everybody is equal. At the end of the year, at the end of the season, we want to be conference champions and make it to nationals."

DP: Do you have a sports idol?

MV: "It's my grandfather. He's always encouraged me since high school to play basketball. Without him, without his support, I don't think I would have gotten this far in my basketball career."

DP: Where is the best place to eat in town?

MV: "The best place to eat in town, for me, I would say, Qdoba. Just because all the protein and the healthy food. A lot of the food and restaurants around here are like fast food and stuff like that. So to me, Qdoba is the best place to eat."

DP: If you had to lose two of your senses, what would they be?

MV: "Hearing and smell, I would say."

DP: If you could have a superpower what would it be?

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MV: "To fly."

DP: Country or Hip-hop?

MV: "Hip-hop."

DP: Coke or Pepsi?

MV: "Coke."

DP: What is the best show or movie you watched lately?

MV: "I would say, Wolf of Wall Street."

Dickinson State junior Michael Vandall aims a 3-pointer against Rocky Mountain College on Nov. 24 at Scott Gym. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)
Dickinson State junior Michael Vandall aims a 3-pointer against Rocky Mountain College on Nov. 24 at Scott Gym. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)

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