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Getting to know Udall’s Michael Propst

Michael Propst has been a prolific scorer for Udall this year. (Feb. 6, 2013)
Michael Propst has been a prolific scorer for Udall this year. (Feb. 6, 2013) The Wichita Eagle

Michael Propst

Udall basketball

Propst, a 6-foot-3 Udall senior, suffered a broken ankle that ended his football season in the eighth game. He’s about 85 percent healthy and is averaging 27.5 points and 9.8 rebounds.

You got hurt in football. How did that happen and have you had other serious injuries?

“I ran a quarterback draw, ran up the middle. I got tackled and when I was on the ground, a kid fell back on my leg and broke my ankle in two spots. It was pretty (painful). I heard the cracking noise and my leg went numb. I was punching the ground. During my freshman year, I dislocated three vertebrae. I was weight lifting, doing the hang clean. I went to catch it and caught it wrong. It’s like a freak accident. I just had to limit my movement a lot.”

You moved to Udall as a sophomore after your parents divorced. Was it a difficult move?

“It wasn’t that hard. I already knew everyone here because I went to Winfield until I was in third grade. I have a lot of family here, so when I was in Missouri, I came back to Kansas a lot to visit family.”

The school you were at your freshman year, Ozark (Mo.) was a Class 5A school, while Udall is Class 1A. Was it a big change?

“It was a social change. I like it more at Udall. You have closer friends, and everyone is always there for you. If you have a problem, your friends are closer to you and you know everybody. But it’s not good because everyone knows everything about you.”

Your basketball coach is your uncle, your grandma was the school secretary your first year at Udall, and your mom was the school secretary your junior year. How was it having your mom there every day?

“My mom and I, we’re pretty close, but I didn’t like having her there. She found out everything I did during the day. I didn’t pay too much attention to it, but she already knew everything. There were no secrets.”

In a game at Sedan on Feb. 1, you had 12 points, 14 rebounds, 12 assists. How much do you work on your game?

“When you put in the time, during the game you have a lot more confidence and you know what you’re doing…. If you shoot the night before and your shot is on, you have the confidence knowing you can shoot well…. If we have early practice, from 3:45-6:15, then I’m in the gym working until about 7, 7:30. If we have late practice, 5:15-6:30, then I’m in the gym before, working on shooting and ballhandling during the girls practice.”