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'It's a great program': Moorhead's Adam Jenkins commits to Dragons for men's basketball

Moorhead Spuds rising senior Adam Jenkins has verbally committed to play men's basketball at Minnesota State Moorhead

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Moorhead Spuds forward Adam Jenkins (40) has verbally committed to play men's basketball at Minnesota State Moorhead.
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MOORHEAD — Moorhead Spuds rising senior Adam Jenkins has verbally committed to play men's basketball at Minnesota State Moorhead, he announced Wednesday, July 27, via social media.

The 6-foot-9, 200-pound Jenkins is the Dragons first known commitment for the 2023 recruiting class.

“Adam is a kid that absolutely loves basketball and he’s a kid that will do whatever is asked of him by the MSUM coaching staff," Spuds head coach Matt Ellingson said. "I think he’s going to have a great career there."

Jenkins had multiple Division II offers, including the University of Mary, Bemidji State and St. Cloud State. Those schools are also Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference members like MSUM. He started for the Spuds the second half of his sophomore season and his entire junior season.

“He’s very bouncy around the rim, he runs the floor really well in transition," Ellingson said. “I think the Dragons will love having him there and I think he’s going to love being there as well. ... The strength of his game right now is finishing around the rim."

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Jenkins said he had a strong relationship with Dragons head coach Tim Bergstraser and also wanted to stay closer to home.

“Those were two really big factors," Jenkins said.

Jenkins also wanted to make his decision before August so he had a month free of the recruiting process heading into the school year.

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"I wanted a whole month off to work on myself and relax with my family for once in the summer," Jenkins said.

Jenkins averaged 15.3 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocked shots per game during his junior season. He shot 62% from the field and 72% from the foul line. He is projected to be a post player for the Dragons.

“I know they are intrigued by his ability to protect the rim," Ellingson said. "I know they are intrigued by his ability to rebound the ball and finish around the rim at a high right. He’s a kid with high character. He communicates tremendously.”

The Dragons finished 19-12 overall last season and were NSIC tournament champions. They lost to eventual Division II national champion Northwest Missouri State in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

“It’s a great program in general," Jenkins said of the Dragons. "They’re always one of the best teams in the NSIC and I’ve always watched them growing up. ... I like how everyone in the program plays together. I like how they have a bond and I like the way they play the offense and their competitiveness each game.”

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Moorhead’s Adam Jenkins goes up for two in front of Wayzata’s Erik Rottinghaus during their Minnesota Class 4A state boys basketball tournament quarterfinal game Tuesday, March 22, 2022, at Target Center in Minneapolis.
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Peterson covers college athletics for The Forum, including Concordia College and Minnesota State Moorhead. He also covers the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks independent baseball team and helps out with North Dakota State football coverage. Peterson has been working at the newspaper since 1996.
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