Red Devil Spotlight: Men’s Basketball Senior Ted Hinnenkamp

Conor McLaughlin ‘16, Co-Sports Editor

Ted Hinnenkamp ’16 of the Men’s Basketball team capped off a stellar senior campaign over the past few weeks with some tremendous accolades. The four-year letter winner was named Centennial Conference Player of the Year and a unanimous selection to the All-Conference First Team. Furthermore, Ted earned All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors and was selected to participate in the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-Star Game on March 19th. I caught up with Ted and asked him a few questions about the season and his career as a Red Devil.

C: Ted, the team got off to a slow start this season. How did you and fellow senior Brandon Angradi turn things around, eventually earning the #3 seed in the conference tournament?

T: It was definitely tough, especially at the start. I think we started three or four underclassmen pretty much throughout the year. I think everyone began to understand their roles as the season went on, from freshmen on up. Brandon and I were able to step up and help lead the guys, which took us a little bit. We weren’t quite sure how to do it at the start of the season and then began to figure it out. The young guys worked hard every single day as they got used to flow of college basketball compared to high school basketball, which is a lot different. Once they were able to pick that up, I think is when we were finally able to win some games.

C: You were named Centennial Conference Player of the Year back on March 2nd, making it the third consecutive year that a Dickinson player has won the award. What does winning the award mean to you and what went through your mind when you heard that you had won?

T: I was definitely excited, especially after such a tough year, it really meant a lot. And to be put with two guys of that caliber, I mean they’re two of the best guys I’ve ever played with. To be put in the same category as Jerry and Adam really means a lot.

C: You were also named to the All-Region team and got a chance to play in the NABC All-Star game. What was that experience like?

T: It was a lot of fun getting to meet kids from all over the country. Just really from all over the place and from all different backgrounds. It was a ton of fun to live with them and to get to know them. To gage yourself against some of the best players in the country on the Division III level was a lot of fun. It was an All-Star game so it’s not quite the most serious, but it was definitely competitive and a good time.   C: As a senior you’ve been a part of some of the best teams in school history, winning the conference title twice and playing in the NCAA tournament three times. What will you remember most about your four years as a Red Devil?

T: The relationships I’ve made through it. Coach says it all the time that ten, twenty years down the line we’re gonna come back and see the guys that we’ve played with and nothing will have changed, we’re still gonna act like the same team we are now. I mean some of these guys are the best friends I’ll ever make in my life. I think that’s the most important thing about it all.

Hinnenkamp finished his collegiate career on a high note, scoring 15 points and adding five rebounds for the East All-Stars in Reese’s NABC Division III All-Star game on March 19th. As a Second-team All-American, Ted leaves behind a great legacy for the Red Devils. He became the 26th player in program history to reach 1,000 points and holds the school record for career shooting percentage with a mark of .580. His production and leadership will surely be missed next season.