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Prep spotlight: Daniel Lenk, Northeastern

Daniel Lenk is a senior at Northeastern and a third-year starter on the basketball team. He recently scored a career-high 40 points. In the fall, he was one of the Jets’ top two golfers.

Lenk recently sat down with the News-Sun.

Question: What was it like to score 40 points?

Answer: It felt like I couldn’t miss. It was steady throughout the night. For me, and when I talked to other people, it didn’t really seem like I had that many points. I thought I might’ve had 30. When my coach told me I was shocked.

Q: Golf or basketball?

A: I have to say I like basketball better just because I’m more of an athlete and you can control your success, control what you do better in basketball. In golf, if you’re not playing well, it’s kind of hard to still shoot a good score. In basketball, if you’re not shooting well you can find other things to do to be successful. But I love them both. Golf, I think it’s the most challenging sport there is both mentally and physically.

Q: What team do you look most forward to playing in basketball?

A: I like playing Southeastern. First of all, we haven’t beaten them since I’ve played. But it’s always a good atmosphere. It’s a rivalry that I look forward to.

Q: What about golf?

A: When we played West Liberty. They were the best team in our league and I was matched up against their best player. I always tried to beat them, but I don’t think I did. You know it’s going to be a good match.

Q: Do you have college plans?

A: I am planning to study at Ohio State in landscape architecture. It could be as small as designing garden landscapes for homes, or it could be as large as designing parks. Designing golf courses would be a dream job.

Q: If you were going to design a golf course, what would it include?

A: I would probably make it a hard course – lot of trees, water and sand. I’d be creative. The design of the hole would maybe deviate a little from the traditional golf course hole. Make it more fun and exciting.

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