Athlete of the Week: Michael Eastmo

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RAPID CITY, SD (KEVN) Michael Eastmo says, ' Trying to be the vocal leader, the moral leader. It's fun, I love the challenge. I have the best group of guys to do it with.'

The six foot seven senior missed most of his junior year due to injuries. Now as a senior, Eastmo is excited for the year the Cavaliers are having.

Eastmo says, ' Level of play has been really good for us. It's exceeding my expectations, I'm really proud of how we are doing defensively especially.'

Dave Hollenbeck says, ' This year he's been a really good leader for us. He's doing some nice things for us inside defensively and offensively. He's having a really good year.'

The defensive ability and size of Eastmo help deter opponents from trying to score in the paint.

Eastmo says, 'It's definitely an opportunity for me to not get beat, and maybe not a block but force a pass out or something. Just kind of the feeling of besting someone especially if I have the gift of size and being able to use that to the best of my abilities.'

Using his abilities Eastmo hopes to carry on the strong tradition of STM basketball.

Hollenbeck says, ' Mike is a program guy. He really likes our program and he understands what the guys have done before and he wants to continue that tradition and try to help our program be successful.'

Eastmo says, ' It's very inspiring. Coach always talks about keeping your head up while you dribble and looking at the banners. You know as a kid coming up through the system always looking up at those championship banners. Especially senior year, being like that's my year. It's good motivation especially for me it drives me.'

Eastmo is also driven by those who will take over the Cavalier team when his senior season ends, and he couldn't be happier with those around him.

Eastmo says, ' They're the best group of guys I could ask to be a senior leader for. I'm really appreciative of the guys I have.'

Congratulations to Michael Eastmo on being this week's athlete of the week. Jeff Voss Black Hills Fox Sports.