Freeport senior Zeke Vandenburgh is our OSF St. Anthony's Athlete of the Week. He plays basketball during the winter, but he's also a standout linebacker getting college interest. The early part of the basketball season is the transition period between the two sports.
"In the first couple of practices, you have to learn not to tackle someone going up and down the court," Vandenburgh said.
His coach likes having someone with that physical presence on the court.
"Overall we're not a strong team physically, but he's the exception," Pretzels head coach Ryan Pierce said. "I put him up against anyone in the conference in terms of sheer strength."
Vandenburgh hopes to give other teams fits on the court throughout his senior season.