Athlete of the Week: Brandon Rash

by Abby Ferguson

When first-year Brandon Rash joined the team, he made an immediate impression on head coach Brian Lane.

“(Rash’s) ability to score and rebound inside was a major factor in several of our wins. A lot of our success in the next few years will be how much he continues to work and improve,” Lane said.

Rash said this season was a learning experience, and he hopes to make next year a more successful season.

First-year Brandon Rash had 12 points, eight rebounds and three assists in the final game of the season against Manchester College.

The season came to a close last week, when the team lost to Manchester College 64-57 in the quarterfinals of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament. This departure was earlier than the men were hoping.

“Overall it was an OK season. There were some great outings and some really bad outings, but I learned a lot from the year as a whole,” Rash said. “I am hoping to use it towards having a better year next year. It ended way earlier then I expected it to, but hopefully that will just make us hungrier for next year.”

Lane said that Rash’s contribution to the team proved to be important at the end of the season when the men were looking to be a high seed for the NCAA Division III tournament.

“Brandon came on very strong at the end. When we were in contention for a high seed, he was able to score in double figures each of our last three games,” Lane said.

Lane said that Rash can use his strong work ethic to make improvements in the offseason.

“With his work ethic, he is going to really work hard in the offseason on adding strength and has the potential to be a great player. He is a super teammate and makes everyone around him better,” Lane said.

For the offseason, Rash said that he wants to improve as a player and has goals for himself to help his team succeed next year.

“I think I played pretty well, but I was inconsistent at times. I just need to get stronger in the offseason and keep getting better at every aspect of my game, and most of all I just need to keep having fun with it,” Rash said.

Rash played in every game of the season. In total, he had a 54.5 field goal percentage, was 30 of 51 from the free-throw line, had 86 rebounds and 23 assists, and scored 221 points.


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