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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Every few days, PurdueSports.com will introduce a new member of the Purdue men's basketball team. The third feature is about Dakota Mathias, a 6-4, 197-pound freshman from Elida, Ohio.As a high school senior, Mathias was the Ohio Division II co-Player of the Year and a first-team All-State selection after averaging 27.7 points, 8.5 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game at Elida High School. His squad won three Western Buckeye League titles and Mathias would finish his career as the school's all-time leading scorer (1,906 points), passing former teammate and Akron's Reggie McAdams. He would share Player of the Year honors with highly-regarded Luke Kennard, who is considered one of the top players in the country.
Mathias also excelled off the court, being a member of the National Honor Society and was an Ohio Basketball Coaches Association Silver Scholar-Athlete. In addition to being an outstanding shooter, Mathias has a high basketball IQ and is a tremendous passer. The self-proclaimed gym rat has a terrific all-around game.
Let's get to know Dakota Mathias a little bit better.
Three words that describe me: Hard-working, ambitious, generous
One word to describe my game: Skilled
Best Player I Have Ever Faced and When: Tyler Ulis (last summer in AAU)
Three Players on my Dream Team: Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Larry Bird
Team I Would Like to See on Schedule and Why: Duke. To play at Cameron and against Coach K.
Most Memorable Sports Moment: Playing in the state championship game in 2012.
Celebrity Crush: Carrie Underwood
Magazine Cover I Would Like to Be On: ESPN The Magazine
Dream Job: Division I Head Basketball Coach
Favorite Musical Artist: Eminem
Song I Have to Listen to Before Games: Time is Running Out - Papa Roach
Favorite Food: Steak
Favorite Sports Movie: Rocky IV
Favorite Non-Sports Movie: Lone Survivor
Favorite TV Show: How I Met Your Mother
Favorite Pro Athlete in a Different Sport: Peyton Manning (Denver Broncos)
Favorite NBA Player: Steph Curry
Favorite NBA Team: Golden State Warriors
Favorite Non-NBA Team: New York Yankees
Advice to Youngsters: "Work hard and never give up".