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Vandals to Celebrate Senior Day vs. GCU

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Stephen Madison and his fellow Idaho seniors will look to defeat Grand Canyon University tomorrow. Stephen Madison and his fellow Idaho seniors will look to defeat Grand Canyon University tomorrow.
by Idaho Athletics Media Relations

MOSCOW, Idaho – Stephen Madison is the fourth all-time scorer in Idaho men’s basketball history, and Saturday afternoon will be the last chance for Vandal fans to see him in action on his home court.

Saturday is Senior Day for not only Madison, but fifth-year senior Joe Kammerer and Glen Dean, and before the Vandals take on Grand Canyon at 1 p.m. in Memorial Gym, the three will be recognized on the court for the hard work they’ve given to the program.

“I always look at Senior Day as a celebration,” Idaho coach Don Verlin said. “Of course it’s going to be sad to see all the seniors go but we have a lot of basketball left to play. I hope the Vandal fans come out and support Stephen and Joe and Glen.”

Madison is having one of the best seasons – and careers – in Idaho history. The Portland, Ore., native has amassed 1,461 career points, the fourth most in Idaho history, and has scored 521 of those in 2013-14, ranking ninth thus far on Idaho’s single-season scoring list. He is a four-time WAC Player of the Week this season and poured in a career-high 42 points in a game earlier this month – the third highest single-game total in program history.

“Stephen has given a lot of hard work to this university and done it very well,” Verlin said. “He’s going to graduate in the spring and I think Vandal fans owe it to him to come out and support him because he’s been a very good player here.”

The four-year Vandal is currently the WAC’s leading scorer, and ranks in the top 15 in the conference in rebounding, field goal percentage, assists, steals, free throw percentage and blocked shots.

“It’s crazy thinking that this is the end of the road for me,” Madison said. “It’s been four years but it’s gone by so fast. I couldn’t have asked for anything better, it’s been a great time and I’m truly blessed.”

While his collegiate career is winding down, Madison hopes to take his game to the next level after the season.

“My goal for after college is to pursue my ultimate dream of playing professional basketball,” he said. “After that I’d like to get into coaching, probably college coaching, and from there we’ll see.”

Kammerer joined the Vandals in the fall of 2009, and after redshirting the 2009-10 season, has seen an increasing role ever since. This year, the 6-foot-9 post from Eugene, Ore., has started 21 games this season.

“It’s a little overwhelming,” Kammerer said of the realization that his career is coming to a close. “I’ve been here for five years. Knowing that my last home game is a couple days away, it’s exciting but it’s also kind of sad. I’m really thankful for all the guys that I’ve played with and met over the years and the coaching staff. I’m just excited and focused on getting the win on Saturday.”

Kammerer holds a 3.07 grade-point average and will leave Idaho with his degree in Digital Media and Broadcasting.

“Having a degree in digital media and broadcasting helps shape the career that I really want to have in working with cameras and television and writing and actors and direction,” Kammerer said. “Before I came here that’s what I wanted to do, but once I came here and stated taking the classes I knew for sure that this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.”

Dean joined Idaho in the fall to begin work on a master’s degree after he earned his bachelor’s from the University of Utah, and made an immediate impact for the Vandals, averaging 10 points and 2.4 assists per game for the Vandals this season.

“It was everything I dreamed of it to be,” Dean said of his collegiate career. “It’s been a great experience to play four years of Division I college basketball, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.”

Dean, a point guard from Seattle, Wash., was part of a corps of 10 players to join the program this season, and said the bond he has formed with his teammates is one of the things he’ll remember most from his time at Idaho.

“Probably my best memory will be this locker room and spending time with the 15 guys on the team and getting to know one-another,” Dean said. “Getting 10 new guys together for one season, you never know how the chemistry is going to be, but with the guys on this team, we’ve all gotten along really well. We all crack jokes on one-another and spend a bunch of time laughing and enjoying each other’s company. That’s probably going to be my favorite memory with the Vandals.”

One of those new players is Dean’s brother, Perrion Callandret, six years his junior. The two were reunited in 2013-14 after Dean spent the previous four years away at college.

“It’s been amazing,” Dean said of being teammates with his little brother. “I’ve been off at school for three or four years while my brother was in high school and he grew up pretty fast without me being around. Getting a chance to be with him for a full year has been great and I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything. Just to see his growth has really impressed me and the time we’ve spent together has been invaluable.”

Click this link to see the Idaho seniors reflect on their time as a Vandal: http://youtu.be/zopQqMiaFx4


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