DSU News
Men's Basketball - Wed, Feb. 20, 2013
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Sr.'s Destry Sterkel, John Hanstad, Johnie Sanders, James Hayden, and Jarek Hansen

Five DSU men's basketball athletes will suit up the blue and gray in their final home games Thursday and Saturday. 

Jarek Hansen, James Hayden, John Hanstad, Johnie Sanders, and Destry Sterkel learned to put team over self this season. They completed a journey together.
John Hanstad, the hometown hero accumulated 859 career points going into this weekend's games against University of Great Falls and MSU-Northern. He did not have to travel far to contribute for DSU. The Blue Hawks were 25 in the country in 3-pnt. field goals made. Hanstad contributed 171 3-point field goals in his four year career for the Blue Hawks. Hanstad played all 28 games this year for DSU contributing as a starting guard/ forward.  On February 9, 2013, Hanstad erupted for 28 points in a valiant effort at Rocky Mountain College. 
"It has been a big part of my life playing here in front of my hometown, friends and family," said Hanstad. 
Jarek Hansen, a transfer form Williston State College traveled south to play for DSU. Hansen became a refined player for DSU being a catalyst for the team's reserves. The three year letterman blossomed into a double digit scorer averaging 10.3 points per game this season up from two and seven points his sophomore and junior season. Hansen shot a remarkable 87.6 percent from the free throw line (85-97). Hansen is currently third in the country in free throw percentage. At Carroll College on, Hansen went 4-5 from the 3-pnt. line.
"It has been a growing process, the coaching staff worked hard and I can see the changes for the positive. It's been a blast here," said Hansen.
Johnie Sanders was a basketball player on campus for one season. In one season Sanders amazed fans with his combination of grace and power on the hardwood. The slashing forward led the Blue Hawks in scoring with 11.89 points per game. Sanders had a season high 20 against Mount Royal but Sanders average double figures in 20 of 28 games. Sanders is also the team's active rebounder in 4.4 rebounds per game. The Minnesota native leads the team in steals with 1.39 per game.
"I enjoyed the season and I will never forget being a Blue Hawk," said Sanders.
James Hayden played with passion in his one year with DSU. Hayden saw a boost in playing time after he got after defenses in the teams motion offense. Hayden led the team in active field goal percentage with 50.5 percent. As Hayden darted to the basket or stepped back for a "3", the Jackson, Wyo. product average 5.22 points per game. In DSU's first Frontier Conference home win, he had 18 points, with 11 coming from the free throw line. 
"I would not have traded the decision to play here for anything," said Hayden.
Destry Sterkel is a four year letterman and an asset as a team motivator and practice player. Against Oglala Lakota College, Sterkel went 4-5 from the field and 2-3 from the 3-pnt. line. 
"This program builds brothers, being here from the get go with John and meeting the others I know we will be friends for life," said Sterkel.
The five seniors will be in action Thursday, Feb. 21 and Saturday Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m.