During the March 8 Owatonna boys basketball game against Northfield, junior Evan Dushek accomplished what only seven other players in team history had before him. He scored his 1,000th point as a Huskie.
“It's super cool,” Dushek said. “Obviously living here my whole life and growing up here, it's cool to be one of those guys that even in the future people will remember that, as me being just one of the great players that come through here, so awesome.”
While the milestone is impressive, Dushek said he did not focus on accomplishing the feat much, not even realizing how close he was until an assistant coach brought it up to him.
For Dushek, it is more about what the team accomplishes than himself, especially with the section tournament about to begin.
“Obviously, sections is more where my mind is focused on,” Dushek said. “Those other things, I mean, they are cool, and I mean, it means a lot as a hard worker, when you get those kinds of accomplishments, but I'm focused more on sections and stuff like that.”
Someone is well aware of how much a hard worker Dushek is Coach Joshua Williams. The apparent signs of Dushek’s potential became clear to him, when he was he promoted to the varsity roster in the eighth grade, a rarity for somebody at that age.
“He's a kid that's put in a lot of time for many, many years, going back to his young junior high days, or elementary days, all the way up here,” Williams said. “And obviously the scoring, in terms of pursuing that goal, was started in high school, but just the hard work that led up to get him to this point in his career, to have the ability to do that.”
One of the biggest things Williams praised about Dushek was his development, saying that he has become one of the team’s best players.
“I'll say, mature is the best word over the course of especially his high school career. He was on the varsity team as an eighth grader,” Williams said. “To watch him develop and go from kind of being the young guy on the team, to now, as an upperclassman, arguably the best player on the team, kind of our go-to guy, and a leader for us, it's just been fun to watch him develop over the course of his career.”
From the young guy to the guy on the team, development and figuring out where you need to is something that Dushek stressed when asked about what advice he would give to his younger teammates.
“If you kind of figure out what your weaknesses are, just work on those, it is a team game. So, focus on what you can do to help your team, and if scoring is what that is then, I mean, do that.” Dushek said.
The next goal for Dushek?
A state championship.
“I think for sure we can make it to state and you know, from there it's going to come down to how well we play as a team and follow what the coaches say,” Dushek said.