Minnesota's top basketball prospect has deep Bison ties

Will Tschetter has college coaches fighting over his basketball talents

Stewartville's Will Tschetter (42) turned in a stellar junior season for the Tigers, averaging 33 points and 11 rebounds per game. He continues to work on his game while figuring out where he wants to play college basketball. Joe Ahlquist / Forum News Service

STEWARTVILLE, MN -- Will Tschetter may be the next big thing in Minnesota high school basketball.

The 6'8 forward from Stewartville, which is just outside of Rochester has college coaches fighting over him. He has offers from nine different schools, including North Dakota State.

"My parents want whatever is best for me, they'll support whatever decision I make on where I go to college." Tschetter said.

His parents is where this story gets interesting. Will's mom and dad are Kasey Morlock, NDSU's all-time leading scorer in women's basketball history and Garth Tschetter, a former Bison wide receiver. So when the recruiting season began for Will, things became tricky for mom and dad.


"This whole process is incredibly hard. Garth and I were so lucky for our times in Fargo and we have shared with that Will. We loved our time at NDSU and what we try to say to him we hope he can find that too." Morlock said.

Morlock was inducted into the Bison Hall of Fame in 2014 after a career that saw her lead the Bison to three straight national titles from 1994-96. She sits atop NDSU's all-time scoring mark with 2,233 points. Garth Tschetter caught 34 passes and had three touchdowns as a wide receiver for Kevin Feeney and the Bison football team from 1996-98.

"We've always grew up Bison fans, so to go up there on a official visit was super cool." Will said.

Tschetter was in Fargo in January when the Bison hosted UND and got an up close look at what his future could be.

"We're not trying to tell him either way, the most important thing is the connection with the coach. I can still text Amy (Ruley) and Kelly (Lehman). That's another reason that made my time in Fargo so special."


Will Tschetter's basketball talents have turned heads around the state of Minnesota. He averaged 33 points a game this past season for Stewartville, all the while adding scholarship offers from the country. In addition to NDSU, Appalachian State, Colorado State, James Madison, Loyola Chicago, Northern Iowa, South Dakota, Toledo, William & Mary, Wyoming and Richmond.

Arkansas, Minnesota and Michigan are talking to Tschetter but no offers have been made. With recruiting trips on hold because of COVID-19 and likely AAU summer basketball off, it's put a dent into his plans of making up his mind.

"I was hoping to make a decision late spring, early summer but now with visits pushed back, be tough to get on campuses. It may have to wait until the fall."

The realization for Tschetter is that his life is about to change. It's just a matter of when. We'll see if that decision brings him back to where his parents started their journey.

Dom Izzo is the Sports Director at WDAY-TV. He began working for WDAY in 2006 as the weekend sports anchor and was promoted to Sports Director in 2010.
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