WMBD/WYZZ-TV - NORMAL, Ill. - Nick Zeisloft knows basketball is a game of numbers. And the sharp shooter knows his numbers.
"I thought I was only going to get a 3.4 with three B's and two A's. But I got four A's and a B," said Zeisloft. "That was a shock to me."
To hear the Illinois State sophomore finance major talk about his report card over shooting percentages shouldn't be a shock.
"He's in business, a challenging degree. He cares. He really cares about his academics," said ISU head coach San Muller. "If you care, you're going to be successful."
Zeisloft is only in his second full season playing for the Redbirds yet he's already a team captain. And already eclipsed expectations of people who thought he'd never play basketball beyond the high school in his hard-working Chicago suburb of LaGrange.
"A lot of people didn't expect this out of me, making it this far and playing at this level," said Zeisloft "College basketball has beena dream of mine. The next one is the NCAA Tournament. I've got another dream to make come true."
He knows skeptics still doubt him and still doubt his Redbirds (13-10, 8-7 in MVC). But he enjoys proving people wrong with the philosophy he using as an Honor Roll Student and a Division 1 basketball player.
"I may not be the smartest but I hit the books hard and put in the hours to make sure I'm doing everything the right way," said Zeisloft. "It's all work ethic."