January 29, 2009

Erhardt shining at Dickinson State

When discussing Center’s Drew Erhardt, Dickinson State University head men’s’ basketball coach Ty Orton does not go into intimate detail about the fifth-year senior’s rebounding or scoring ability.

Nor does Orton talk about the son of Janet and Matt Jr. Erhardt’s defense. Even though the coach emphasizes the 6-foot-6 center’s work ethic, it is obvious in an e-mail interview that the most important facet of Drew Erhardt the basketball player is Drew Erhardt the person.

"Drew is a rare individual in today’s day and age," Orton wrote. "He understands his role and he would never do anything that would let down his team. He is a unique person and is loved by his team."

There is much to love about the Blue Hawks these days. Ehardt said his career highlight has come this year with the team playing so well. The Blue Hawks are 12-7 overall, top in the Dakota Athletic Conference with a 5-0 record and was ranked No. 23 in the nation in the Jan. 19 NAIA Divison II poll.

This season Erhardt has seen action in five games, made one of two shots for a pair of points, grabbed three rebounds and blocked one shot. However, those numbers do not remotely show his value to DSU during his five-year career, according to the Blue Hawks coaching staff.

"Drew brings many things to the Blue Hawks. He is a great person, a moral person and a very hard worker," Orton said. "Day in and day out Drew brings his best to the floor and to the classroom."

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