FERGUS FALLS - The Colbeck name is well known in basketball circles in the state of Minnesota.
Ellie Colbeck is writing her own story, one that's taking her the route of Division I basketball. The Fergus Falls junior verbally committed last week to play basketball at South Dakota State University.
"It's been a huge relief of pressure, it's been fun to receive texts from family and friends." Colbeck said on Dom Izzo's Hot Mic show on WDAY Xtra. "I really liked it was close to home, Brookings is a smaller town like Fergus, and I like the coaches and mindset about basketball and life."
Colbeck arrived on the local basketball scene in March of 2019 when she scored 20 points in Fergus Falls' opening round game at the state tournament, a 58-57 loss in the Class 3A quarterfinals to Holy Angels. Her reputation only grew during her sophomore season as the Otters racked up 25 wins, falling in the Section 8AA championship game to Pelican Rapids.
Colbeck shone in a highly anticipated game against Roseau's Katie Borowicz at Concordia's Memorial Auditorium. Colbeck went for 37 points, including nine three-pointers as the Otters blew out Roseau 89-59. “I got quite a few 3s, which is nice, because the last few games I’ve been struggling there,” Colbeck to the Forum that night. “It’s nice to have teammates who can get me open like that.”
Colbeck comes from an impressive basketball family. Her dad, Scott was a standout player at Minnesota Morris. Scott was a two-time all Northern Sun Conference player at Morris in 1989 and 1990. He still holds the school record for three point percentage at 48 percent.
Ellie said college recruitment really started to pick up this spring after her season with the Otters. "I always had the hope to play in college, it was a goal for me, something I wanted to do."
Colbeck will join a Jackrabbits team that has perennially been at the top of the Summit League. SDSU won 23 games in 2020, falling to South Dakota in the Summit League Tournament championship game. The Jacks have one local player on the team this coming season in Wahpeton native Tylee Irwin, the 2017 Miss Basketball, who is a senior this year.