When the Dickinson High boys basketball team’s season ended in the West Region Tournament on Saturday, so did junior guard Joe Hanstad’s chances to perform in front of more big-time college coaches.
Before the West Region Tournament, Hanstad informed me that he had been told by at least a dozen college coaches that they would be watching him in person if the Midgets reached the Class A state tournament.
Though his numbers fell a little bit this year, Hanstad pushed his points per game average back up to 24.2 by season’s end and averaged around 7 rebounds a game.
His drop in points has not deterred scouts from pursuing him. For example, NDSU assistant David Richman was in Bismarck to watch the team’s consolation loser-out game against Jamestown on Friday.
NDSU is after Hanstad hard and I honestly believe they have a good shot at him, although he admits he’d like to go as big as possible.
South Dakota State as also reportedly joined NDSU and UND in offering Hanstad a scholarship. They were in Dickinson for the Bismarck High game during the regular season and appeared to walk away impressed despite Joe having sort of a down night.
Now, he’ll really need to play good in summer ball to increase his stature on a national scale.
He has been to Gonzaga and Minnesota on unofficial visits and said he’s still scratching his head as to which five schools to officially visit during the summer and fall. That, he says, will ultimately be determined by his summer and who comes courting the hardest.
Fast forward to 4:10 for the Joe Hanstad Highlight of the Year. He made a lot of great and crucial jumpers this year … but they don’t compare to his dunk against St. Mary’s.