Getting to Know: Dakota Mathias
Oct. 30, 2017

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Dakota Mathias is a senior guard from Elida, Ohio, and is one of the most underappreciated players in America.

Ending on Halloween, we will feature a different player in the "Getting to Know" segment. Tomorrow's final installment will feature senior guard P.J. Thompson.

Mathias will be one of the top players in the Big Ten conference after averaging 9.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 31.8 minutes per game a year ago. He shot 45.3 percent from 3-point range and enters the season needing 89 triples to tie the school record for career 3-pointers.

GETTING TO KNOW Dakota Mathias
• Major: Management
• I was also recruited by: West Virginia, Dayton, Belmont, Stanford and Butler
• Favorite Meal: Chipotle Chicken Bowl
• Favorite Dessert: Chocolate Ice Cream
• Favorite Band: Zac Brown Band
• Favorite Music: Country
• Favorite Song: Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses
• Sports Hero: Kobe Bryant
• Hobbies: Tennis, Cards
• Career Goal: NBA
• Occupation if not Basketball: Business Owner
• Favorite Pro Team: Golden State Warriors
• Favorite Current Athlete: Steph Curry
• My Nickname is: Midwestern Cowboy
• Favorite Saying: A lion does not concern himself with the opinions of a sheep
• One Dinner Guest: Mark Wahlberg
• If I could meet anyone: Michael Jordan
• Favorite President in history: Abe Lincoln
• Favorite historical leader: Abe Lincoln
• If I could have witnessed one sporting event: Miracle on Ice
• Historical event I would like to have witnessed: Signing of the Declaration of Independence
• Best summer vacation: Myrtle Beach
• Where I went on first date: Movies
• Dream Car: Lamborghini
• First Car: 1996 Cadillac
• Favorite Ice Cream: Chocolate and Brownie
• Favorite Snack: Nachos
• Favorite Candy: M & M's
• Favorite Kids Toy: Nerf Hoop
• Biggest Fear: Snakes
• Pet Peeve: Laziness
• If I was Coach: My team would shoot 3's every possession
• Favorite Kids Game: Candyland
• Favorite Color: Orange
• Favorite Amusement Park Ride: Power Tower
• Scariest Amusement Park Ride: Millennium Force
• First celebrity crush: Carrie Underwood
• Favorite class: Math
• Favorite Book: Toughness - Jay Bilas
• Favorite Movie: Lone Survivor
• Favorite Actor: Mark Wahlberg
• Favorite Actress: Mila Kunis
• What Mom cooks best: Spaghetti
• One Lesson from dad: You can always outwork the guy in front of you
• Mom's advice: Never give up
• Favorite TV Show: How I Met Your Mother
• If I could live anywhere: Las Vegas
• First Trophy was for: Free Throw Competition
• First Job as a kid: Paper Boy
• Favorite thing to do with dad: Shoot Hoops
• Favorite video game: NBA 2K
• Food I can't stand: Coleslaw, Pickles
• I'm unbeatable at: 3-Point Contests
• My inspiration is: My family
• Why I choose Purdue University: Tradition, Academics, Coaching
• Favorite holiday: Christmas
• I don't go anywhere without: Cell Phone
• Biggest Sports thrill I participated: Sweet 16 and State Championship in High School
• Biggest sports thrill I witnessed: NBA Finals Game 4- 2016
• Celebrity I met: Muhammed Ali
• Celebrity I would like to meet: Kobe Bryant
• Best outdoor hoops game: 21
• If I could play 1-on-1 vs anyone: Steph Curry
• Favorite emoji: Smiley face with sunglasses on




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