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Dave Vandal never thought he would play basketball again after enduring six shoulder surgeries and countless hours of rehabilitation, never mind fulfilling his dream of being a walk-on on the UConn basketball team.
Today’s snow storm finally gave me time to write a story about Vandal, a 2008 Stonington High School graduate.
For a sneak preview, watch the attached video of a recent interview with Vandal at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs.
To say the least, he’s thrilled to be a walk-on.
“It’s everyConnecticut’s kids dream to play on the team,” Vandal said. “I remember sitting in the stands with my Dad just watering at the mouth thinking I might be able to get an opportunity at doing this.”
Vandal broke down and cried when informed that he had earned a spot as a walk-on.
He’s a great story and a great kid.
Today’s American Athletic Conference Championship semifinal doubleheader is underway here at the XL Center in Hartford. A crowd in the 12,000-13,000 range is expected for the UConn-Tulsa game. Tip-off time is 5 p.m.