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Vette's "Rebound" helps lift Winona State

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WINONA, Minnesota (WXOW) - The honors continue to pile-up for Winona State senior Clayton Vette. The latest two came Wednesday morning.

Vette was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-American Team as well as NABC Player of the Year. These came just a day before Vette leads the WSU warriors to the Division II "Elite Eight" against West Liberty.

Vette now owns eight individual honors this year. That's even more impressive when you consider the 6'9" center considered quitting basketball all-together after injury cut short his freshman season at Iowa State.

Luckily, Vette transferred to Winona where he always expected to make big things happen.

Head coach Mike Leaf said, "We were talking about NCAA Championships and he did say to me, 'If I come to Winona State, I'll win you a National Championship.' He actually looked at me very seriously, and I said, 'Hey, I'm ready for the ride. Let's go on it.' That was a long time ago, so I like to remind him of that every once in awhile because he did say that."

"It might come off a little cocky or something like that," Vette said. "Obviously when you come to a program like Winona State you expect those things, so I definitely want to make that true to him."

The Warriors take the next step to make that happen against West Liberty on Thursday afternoon in Louisville, Kentucky. That game tips off at 1:30 p.m. central time and is scheduled to be shown live on the NCAA web site. 

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