Being a super fan has its perks. Few of them can live up to the perk that one Mike Hart experienced a few years ago. The premier defender on the Gonzaga Bulldogs has seen his stock and notoriety rise in recent months. Hart has gone from the student section in The Kennel to starter on the Nations #1 team.
During Senior Night at The McCarthy Athletic Center in Spokane, Hart spoke post game and pointed up to the top of The New Kennel. "I started up there." Nothing could be more true. The dorm mate of former basketball player Andy Poling, Hart found his way into gym rat pickup games. Through these games he earned himself a spot as a walk-on at open try outs. Thing is, Hart is not just a normal Joe off the streets. A two time letter winner at Jesuit HS in Portland, Hart was voted Most Valuable Player and Best Defensive Player among his peers.
His tenacity has been rewarded. Mike Hart began his career as a walk on with Gonzaga. Since then, he has been rewarded by his hard work and play with a scholarship. This, his senior year, he has become a starter. Seen as the clean up guy, Hart battles for every rebound and steal and his name is always being called in clutch situations. Only having turned the ball over 8 times this year, he is steady handed. He is the glue that holds this team together.
After watching the year he has had, I guess you really cannot win without Hart.
#1 Gonzaga takes on Southern on Thursday, 3:10 central time on TBS.