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COLUMN: Pat Suemnick didn’t anticipate to be a basketball participant, however he’s doing a reasonably good job

Your pondering is Pat Suemnick just isn’t imagined to be acting on the basketball court docket the way in which he’s been enjoying recently.

To a level, the senior from Inexperienced Bay, Wis. would agree with you.
See, at one level in his life, Suemnick by no means in his wildest desires pictured himself enjoying faculty basketball.

Whereas changing into the Mountaineers’ physician of dunk, he’s been doing simply effective on the hardwood.
Suemnick scored a career-high 16 factors on Saturday, because the Mountaineers upset No. 25 Texas 76-73.
Return a few weeks in the past to that Ohio State recreation in Cleveland. Suemnick was fairly good then, too, having been the explanation WVU (6-10, 1-2 Large 12) discovered itself even pushing the sport into time beyond regulation.
Per week later, he added a then career-high 12 factors in a blowout loss in opposition to Houston, the lone shiny spot on what was in any other case a forgettable recreation for the Mountaineers.

Earlier than we get an excessive amount of into his story on Saturday evening, there’s the story of 1 Pat Suemnick.
“I believed I used to be going to be a soccer or baseball participant,” Suemnick mentioned. “however I simply stored rising.”
That, too comes with a narrative.

“My dad was 6-foot, my mother 5-7,” Suemnick mentioned. “I didn’t anticipate to be 6-8.”
He jokes that even his dad and mom don’t know the way it occurred.
Suemnick’s guess?

“We began questioning what we did to get us this huge,” he says with a smile. “The one factor we got here up with was strawberry milk and dinosaur hen nuggets. We may be onto one thing, I don’t know.”
Earlier than he was tall, Suemnick thought baseball was his technique to faculty, possessing an arm that might throw a fastball within the 90s.

But, he by no means fairly mastered one other pitch.
“They’d convey me in because the nearer,” Suemnick mentioned. “I didn’t have a change-up. I’d go in and simply throw exhausting. As soon as the opposite staff began catching as much as it, they’d take me out.”
There appears to be no taking him out of the Mountaineers’ basketball lineup as of late.
In opposition to the Longhorns, his night started by securing a free ball alongside the baseline. The outdated Suemnick would have most likely appeared to easily go the ball to a teammate.
This Suemnick took a few exhausting dribbles to the rim and got here up with a reverse dunk on the opposite aspect.

Minutes later, he did it once more, going from one aspect of the basket to the opposite and ending with one other exhausting dunk.

He discovered himself in the suitable place on the proper time by following up Kerr Kriisa’s missed 3-pointer with a putback.

For good measure, Suemnick additionally confirmed some good contact on a turnaround jumper, after which added his third dunk of the sport by following up a miss from Quinn Slazinski.
By the point the upset was full, Suemnick had been a supply of toughness the Mountaineers have wanted all season.

Suemnick completed 5 of seven from the ground, though he did wrestle on the foul line (6 of 12), however then once more, so did the remainder of his teammates.

He added six rebounds, a nifty help that led to Josiah Harris getting a large open lay-up and completed with a flex of his muscle groups for the digicam.
It was effectively deserved.

“The large fella was going exhausting,” Texas head coach Rodney Terry mentioned after the sport. “You bought one man who performs bodily like that, it may unfold to the opposite 4.”
That sounded proper to Suemnick.
“My nickname is Large Pat,” Suemnick mentioned. “I assume I can go along with huge fella.”