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Where’s the love for Daniel Bejarano?

February 11, 2015

Check out the CSU message boards during a win.

Plenty of negative energy toward Daniel Bejarano, the hard-nosed and hard-playing guard who came to CSU via the University of Arizona.

Bejarano had been a 4-star Top 100 recruit who led his Phoeniz, AZ high school to multiple state championships. He originally committed to Texas but changed his plans because of a family tragedy and chose the WIldcats over ASU.

For whatever reason, things did not work out for Daniel in Tucson and he decided to transfer. He chose CSU over schools like Montana and Nevada. I’ll never forget how excited then Head Coach Tim Miles was when he learned that Bejarano would be joining his program alongside Minnesota transfer Colton Iverson.

Daniel sat out his first year at CSU per NCAA requirements just like Iverson but they were two important cogs as the team made a run at an NCAA at-large bid. Both he and Iverson practiced hard and made their teammates better. Miles was excited because Bejarano could catch and shoot coming off screens like no one else on his squad.

On the Selection Sunday that season, CSU was awarded an at-large bid, the team’s first in over 20 years. The players were ecstatic. Ironically, Arizona was not awarded a bid and while Daniel wasn’t pumping his chest, he did feel pride that he was part of a team that had qualified. A 20-win season.

Roll to the following season and Bejarano assumed the role of 6th man on a CSU squad that won a school record 26 games. Bejarano embraced his role so well that he was awarded the MWC 6th Man of the Year. He became a crowd favorite with his effort and hustle over the entire length of the floor. In the season-ending loss, Daniel had 10 points and 8 rebounds against eventual national champ Louisville.

His role went from 6th man to leader on a rebuilding squad for the 2013-14 season and once again he embraced the new role. AN early season cartilege injury slowed him down but it didnt keep him from playing his hard-nosed style on both ends of the floor. He averaged about 15 and 8 and was while the team finished a disappointing 16-16, Daniel’s efforts were rewarded when he was named to the All-MWC 2nd team.

And now we’re here in the 2014-15 season. Daniel’s role has been modified somewhat as he has been directing the offense from a position that is probably not his strongest. That doesn’t matter as he still leads with effort every night. He stills gets tough rebounds in traffic, goes to the basket hard, and defends with effort all over the floor. And the Rams are off to their best season in school history at 21-4 and still in the hunt for a conference championship and NCAA Tournament bid.

In last night’s game against New Mexico, Daniel scored his 1000th point joining 20 something others. But he also became only the 3rd Ram in history to record 1000 points, 600 rebounds, and 200 assists. A true testament to all the things he does on the court to help his team win.

There is the occasional bad shot that he’ll take over the course of the game. A shot that comes out of the flow of the offense or too quick in the possession. For some reason people focus on that and lose sight of the bigger picture.

Which is that Daniel Bejarano is first and foremost a winner!

In his 4 years at Colorado State, the Rams have won 83 games. That is the most wins over a consecutive 4-year period in school history. And the season is not over. That total will approach 90 when all is said and done.

The Rams have also received 2 NCAA Tournament bids in Daniel’s 4 years and are on track for a 3rd. If they are awarded an at-large in a few weeks on Selection Sunday, Bejarano will be the first Ram ever to be associated with three NCAA Tournaments!

Daniel Bejarano is not a kid who looks for individual attention. He’s just a basketball player who loves the game and his passion shows every time he takes the court. Some nights may be better than others but one thing remains constant every time he takes the floor.

His team wins!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Tim Miles permalink
    February 11, 2015 3:20 pm

    Too cold to play today?

  2. cantalamessa permalink
    February 11, 2015 6:31 pm

    Well said Steve. Couldn’t agree more. I liken it to similar comments ram fans had for Matt Newton. Guy wasn’t always pretty. Didn’t always make the best decisions. But he sure knew how to win. DB is the same. Great, great player for CSU.

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