— Your average college student often has a day full of classes, extracurricular activities, studying, and personal activities.
Athletes have to manage all of this along with practice, traveling and games. Successful athletes know this balance of sports and academics well. Zionsville Community High School graduate Sean Haseley is exceptional even by these standards.
Haseley recently completed his junior season playing basketball at DePauw University. In addition to leading the Tigers, scoring at 14 points per game, the communications major won the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Character and Community Male Student-Athlete-of-the-Week award for the week ending Feb. 27. He is also a candidate for the Capital One Academic All-America award.
“My career at DePauw so far has been great,” Haseley said. “We’ve been really successful as a team, 58-24 overall, 34-12 in conference, 32-4 at home in my three years, and individually I’ve done a lot more than I ever really thought I was capable of. I’m on pace to score over 1,000 points in my college career.
“Looking forward to next year is tough because we’re switching conferences (from the SCAC to the NCAC), but I expect to continue our winning ways. It’d be great to go out with an opportunity to play in the NCAA tournament, in both my sophomore and junior seasons we came up a game short, losing in the SCAC conference finals. Playing in that tournament is what being a college basketball player is all about, and I can’t think of a better way to end my career at DePauw.”
Haseley’s success on the court is well known at DePauw. He scored 391 points this season as DePauw went 19-9 and reached the championship game of their conference tournament. Unfortunately, they lost to Centre College 75-63. It is the second straight year that DePauw lost to Centre with an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament on the line.
Off the court, Haseley has been very involved in community service. Over spring break last year, he took a service trip to the Gulf Coast as part of Keep America Beautiful. He also was a member of DePauw’s Relay For Life efforts, a member of the student-athlete Advisory Council and served as the university’s tailgating student last fall.
“The desire to help people out and serve the community really stemmed from my mom,” Haseley said. “Growing up she would take my sisters and I to do things like serve lunch at a shelter or deliver food or presents to people around Christmas time, and she was always giving her time to things like the Zionsville Education Foundation and booster club, and I’ve just tried to follow her lead.
“Coming up this year we’ve got the Special Olympics and Relay for Life at Depauw, both are lots fun and really do serve an awesome purpose, he said.”
Haseley has also had great success in the classroom. He has been on the SCAC academic honor roll during his first two seasons and he has met the requirements to be a candidate for the Capital One Academic All-America award.
Haseley still has another year before his playing career is over and he heads out into the real world. He hasn’t given much thought to his post-college plans, but he would like to lead DePauw to the Division III NCAA Tournament before he graduates.
“I really haven’t decided a career path yet,” he said. “I’m really interested in continuing a life in basketball through coaching, but I think I’d also enjoy a career in business. I guess my goal as of now is to find something to do that I’m passionate about and enjoy doing.”
DePauw loses six seniors this season, so Haseley is expected to perform in a leadership role on next season’s team.
“I’m excited for the experiences and memories that we’re going to create with each other, and of course winning memories are always better than losing memories,” he said.