Another commit for USD men


For the second time in five days, the University of South Dakota men’s basketball program landed a verbal commitment from a highly-pursued 6-foot-9 post player.

Dan Jech, a senior forward at Rochester Mayo High School in Rochester, Minnesota, told the Press & Dakotan that he committed to USD on Monday night. He said his final decision came down to North Dakota State and USD.

“This morning, I had a gut feeling that it was the place for me, where I wanted to spend the next four years,” Jech said. “I love the coaching staff and love the culture.”

Jech’s decision comes five days after USD garnered a verbal commitment last Wednesday from Tyler Hegedorn, a 6-9 forward at Norfolk High School in Norfolk, Nebraska.

(Here was something I wrote after Jech’s visit to USD in September)

In all, Jech had offers from eight Division I schools, including Green Bay, Lafayette, Lehigh, Montana State, New Hampshire, North Dakota State, Wofford and USD. He also had offers from 7-8 D-II schools.

The opportunity to come to USD and help a new coaching staff build a Summit League contender was an attractive prospect, Jech said.

“I’d be coming into something new,” he said. “It’s something where I could come and help make history with them, with the new staff. That was really intriguing to me.”

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