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HELENA - David Whitehead loves two things: the game of basketball and the Capital Bruins.

Bruins! Bruins! Bruins!

A self proclaimed three point specialist, David plays basketball in the Special Olympics, and has tried out for the Bruins for the past three seasons. And while he hasn't made the team, that doesn't take away any of his confidence.

"Yeah I think I could beat any of these guys at anytime, anywhere," said David.

"He's informed me more than once that his three point shot is where it needs to be to be on the Bruin team," said Bruins head coach Guy Almquist. "So we enjoy that. He enjoys the game of basketball, and over the past three years he really has gotten better."

After his most recent tryout in the fall, David was informed he did not make the team, ending the dream of becoming a Bruin. But his fellow seniors came to his aid, and decided there was room for one more.

"He comes to every open gym and every practice," said Bruins senior guard Keegan Syvrud. "All he talked to me about was basketball. I just thought we might as well let him play or be a part of the squad."

That's how David became the Bruins general manager. His duties include filming games, getting water, running the scoreboard, but most importantly being with his friends.

"It just feels so great," said David. "I feel like a super hero. I just feel like I became the most popular kid in high school."

"The last thing I say as we go out to play every time is 'Let's go play with our friends,'" said Almquist. "And what better way to fit into that model than to have someone like David on our team doing exactly that."

And David has a lot of confidence in his friends. The Bruins won their second state title in school history in 2014, so I asked David how far he thinks this year's Bruins can go.

"How far do I think?" said David. "Well let's just say that I think we're going to make it to the championships in March."

No matter how far the Bruins make it this spring... David has served as an inspiration. And he's planning on taking his title with him. After graduation ... David say's he'll take a year off... then head to Montana Western... Where he hopes to be the basketball manager there too.
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