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Power forward Demonte Flannigan lines up for a free throw at the Wolstein Center
Flannigan sets goal: To play in the NBA
Many seniors who anticipate graduating this year have big goals for the future. Senior Demonte Flannigan has his eyes set on the National Basketball Association.
Flannigan, 22, a psychology and marketing major, is a forward for the Cleveland State University’s Men’s Basketball Team.
When Flannigan looks at the expectations he put on himself, he knows that he could have done more in his career at Cleveland State. He also knows that during the years a lot of positive things happened for him and his team.
“I would have liked to win more games, but when I look back, I feel like I became a leader for the team,” Flannigan said.
He explained that over the years, he became a better man and improved the skillset he brought to the game.
With graduation rapidly approaching, Flannigan said he is looking forward to taking the next step and has no signs of slowing down at all.
“I plan on attending a few basketball camps, then pursuing my goal of playing in the NBA,” Flannigan said.
Although it is extremely difficult to get into the NBA, Cleveland State has had a few players who made it.
A couple of the notable names include Norris Cole, who won championships with the Miami Heat, and Brynn Forbes, who signed with the San Antonio Spurs last year after playing in summer league.
Flannigan added if he did not make the NBA, he would not mind playing overseas.
Reflecting on his years at CSU, Flannigan said some of his lasting memories were with the basketball team, which he was a part of all four years of his college career.
“Whether it was hanging out in the dorms or bowling,” Flannigan said. “I enjoyed getting to know everyone — the brotherhood we had was special.”
As the lone senior on the men’s basketball team, Flannigan knows he will have challenges ahead, but is optimistic the team can pull itself together and make a run at the NCAA tournament in the coming years.
“I feel like the team is young — a lot of freshman and sophomores on the team,” he said.
“So I definitely feel that they will be better next year and win the Horizon League.”
Since he was the only senior, Flannigan was honored by himself on senior day when the Vikings hosted Youngstown State University on Feb. 25 at the Wolstein Center at 3:30 p.m.
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