Moorhead's Drew Hagen began his basketball career at around 3 years old, playing on a mini hoop against his dad in the basement of their Moorhead home. Hagen admits the only reason he beat his dad in those days was because his dad let him.
"I always loved basketball," Hagen said. "I played other sports and loved other sports. In AAU, I was able to play basketball year-round and I grew to love it more and more."
Hagen doesn't need anyone to let him win these days, as the 6-foot-5, 190-pound senior has committed to play men's basketball at Minnesota State Moorhead.
The choice for Hagen came between Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D., and MSUM. Both teams play in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
"It just seemed like the right fit, right time to commit," Hagen said. "It's close to home. I thought about it a lot, but felt like the right fit at the right time."
Hagen was a point guard when he was a freshman, but has become someone Spuds head coach Tyler Bormann is comfortable playing anywhere as he enters his senior season. The talent could be seen early on, as Hagen broke the school record for 3-pointers in a game with nine against Detroit Lakes as a freshman.
"He's worked extremely hard to continue to develop his overall skill set and it shows in his ability to make tough shots, shooting 45% from beyond the arc for his career, and use his length to not only score, but defend and rebound," Bormann said. "He brings a high level of competitive toughness to the floor each day, which we will be counting on from him this season."
Hagen is coming off a junior season in which he averaged 15 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists a game, while shooting 50% from the field and 45% from 3-point land.
"Drew is a pleasure to coach, and his teammates love playing with him because he competes at a high level on both ends, while bringing his unique personality to our group each day," Bormann said. "He has represented our program well on and off the court in his time as a Spud, and our program is very excited for him to continue his playing career at MSUM."
When asked what basketball players Hagen looked up to growing up, he didn't turn to professional players, but instead former Spuds Aaron Lien, Cody Dorow and Matt Bye.
As a junior, Hagen joined an exclusive list with Lien, Dorow and Bye. Hagen scored the 1,000th point of his career, becoming one of just 11 Moorhead boys basketball players to ever do so.
If he scores at the same pace as his junior season, he'll only trail Lien, Jordan Driscoll and Dorow for career points in Moorhead boys basketball history.
For now, Hagen is focused on the upcoming Moorhead football season. It'll be the second varsity football season at Moorhead for the wide receiver and tight end. He said there was no way he was going to skip football, despite basketball being his future.
"I'm all in on the program and (Moorhead head football coach) Kevin Feeney," Hagen said.
After high school, he'll have a new program with MSUM.
"It's exciting," Hagen said. "I'm pumped about it. It's been a dream."