Posted On: 01/25/18 4:35 PM
Six-foot-3 Oak Grove guard Andrew Christianson has led his team to a 10-1 record so far this season putting on an all state level performance each and every night.
Oak Grove just defeated Richland 84-57 blowing out a team that was considered one of the better squads in the state. They’ve also knocked off Dickinson Trinity, Beulah, Shiloh Christian, and other teams.
“The biggest thing I’ve learned so far about my team is how much overall talent we have,” Andrew said. “Not only do we have shooters, but we have speed, length, and a presence down low. Therefore, it’s important that we can put our talent together and continue to gain experience as a team.”
Oak Grove’s top opponents in Region 1 are Maple Valley (who is undefeated), Richland (who Oak Grove just blasted), and Wyndmere/Lidgerwood (who Oak Grove beat by 19).
“We have some tough region games coming up and since we are Oak Grove we are going to get everyone’s best game,” Andrew said. “So I think the biggest challenge is for us to maintain our composure and focus when there are stretches in games where things don’t go our way.”
A year ago Oak Grove went to state but dropped their final two games. This is a traditionally strong club that expects only the best.
“Our goals as a team are pretty straight forward,” Andrew said. “We know that there are plenty of really good teams in our region and we can’t overlook a single one. We want to keep developing as a team as the year goes on so we are ready to make a run come playoff time.
“Individually, since my team came into the season lacking some experience, I want to keep leading my teammates and help our team improve and win the tough games we have ahead.”
Andrew is leading his team in scoring. The numbers have been outstanding all season which is why Andrew is among the guys talked about as potential Mr. Basketball finalists.
At 25.5 points per game with 3.2 assists, a couple steals, and 6.5 rebounds a night it’s been the type of year Andrew will never forget. And the type of year that has potential college programs interested.
“So far I’ve talked to a variety of coaches,” Andrew told PHD. “I’m very interested I playing at the next level to prove myself as a player.
“Throughout the year, I’ve talked to coaches from Bethany Lutheran, Jamestown, Mayville, and U of Mary. I’m really interested in the program U of Mary is building but I haven’t made any visits as I’m focused on the season currently, but I’m very interested in checking these schools out!”