NDSU’s Shahid Progressing on and off Basketball Court

He is averaging 21.5 PPG during the Bison's four-game winning streak

FARGO, N.D. — Vinnie Shahid is leading the way for North Dakota State men’s basketball on the current four-game winning streak.

On Saturday, Shahid tallied 27 points, seven assists and five rebounds.

He is the first player from NDSU in at least the last decade to register at least that many points, assists and rebounds in a single game.

His improving performance on the court is one thing, but teammates also praise him for what a great leader he is.

“You don’t meet too many people like that, especially if he goes through his own rut, he’s always picking somebody else up,” junior guard Tyson Ward said. “I’ve kind of learned from him, and it’s really helped me out and it’s helped a lot of teammates out. I feel like him being a captain is one of the best decisions that we’ve made.”

Head coach Dave Richman has also noticed.

“Vinnie just has an infectious personality. He’s got a bright smile. It’s within our team and it’s within our academic department, it’s anywhere on campus that people want to be around him. When you have somebody like that at the lead guard, and you have some depth like that at the lead guard, it really helps you in these closer games down the stretch, especially on the road.”

Over the last four games, Shahid has really turned up the gas.

He is averaging 21.5 points per game in that span, compared to just 10.5 PPG in the previous 21 matchups.

Shahid is also shooting more than 80 percent inside the arc in his last four games, and heĀ is turning into more of a facilitator with his hot hand, averaging more assists per game.

The Bison continue their four-game homestand on Thursday against Oral Roberts.

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