By: Jon Cole, Associate Media Relations Director
At each of the last four Citadel ring presentations, Bulldog basketball head coach Chuck Driesell has snapped a photo with a member of the team who has earned his “weight in gold.”
In Driesell’s four-year stint with the program, he has graduated 11 players, with the biggest being a 2011 class that included eight departures. The photos with beaming seniors that line the desk in his office include shots with Cameron Wells (The Citadel’s all-time scoring leader), Zach Urbanus (the school’s all-time 3-point shooter), Cosmo Morabbi (2011-12 team captain), Mike Groselle (the program’s all-time double-double leader) and most recently Dylen Setzekorn.
That last name is correct—Dylen Setzekorn—a redshirt sophomore on the court and a senior in the Corps of Cadets. Setzekorn, a political science major with a concentration in law & legal studies, received his Citadel ring at the ceremony that took place on Oct. 4.
After earning his high school diploma from Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, Ga., Setzekorn spent the 2010-11 season playing at The Hun School in Princeton, N.J., and between these two he transferred in 12 college credit hours before stepping one foot inside the gates of The Citadel.
The articulate Setzekorn knocked down 40 hours as a knob, added 46 more to his credit as a sophomore and over the course of the summer knocked out six additional hours to enter the 2013-14 academic year with 104 total hours. He is taking 19 hours in the fall semester which will put him 18 hours from completing the undergraduate portion of his diploma in 2014.
“The Hun School helped me a lot with that because it was so difficult that it set the bar so high for what I was expecting in college,” said Setzekorn. “Coming from there, which was so academically challenging, I was very well prepared for what The Citadel classes would offer me.
“When I got here I took as many classes as I could, knowing that I wanted to graduate in three years,” added Setzekorn. “It has always been a goal of mine to go ahead and get my masters and I will get to pursue that next year.”
After redshirting the 2011-12 season, Setzekorn led the team in 3-point field goal percentage (.441, 15-34), placed second in free throw percentage (.788, 26-33) and was fifth in field goal percentage (.494, 39-79). He was also the only non-starter at The Citadel to top 100 points, scoring 119 on the season.
The same maturity level that allowed Setzekorn to go over and beyond a normal workload in the classroom will also prove beneficial to Driesell’s team as he begins graduate school in the fall of 2014 and continues his Bulldog career for the next two seasons at McAlister Field House.