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D-G-F multisport standout Owen Leach commits to Minnesota Duluth men's basketball program

Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton rising senior Owen Leach has committed to play men's basketball at Minnesota Duluth.

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Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton's Owen Leach, left, has committed to play men's basketball at Minnesota Duluth.
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GLYNDON, Minn. — Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton rising senior Owen Leach verbally committed to play men’s basketball at Minnesota Duluth, in part because the NCAA Division II program had a big-time feel.

“It was the environment they had there,” Leach said. “Everything kind of feels D-I without being D-I. The town is just awesome. It’s really cool where it’s (located), and the coaches were really easy to get along with and they really cared about us players.”

The 6-foot-6 Leach also had offers from Minnesota State Moorhead and the University of Mary in Bismarck. Both of those schools also compete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference with UMD.

Leach said he’d continued to receive interest from Division I programs, but had yet to receive any offers and didn’t feel he was a recruiting priority for those schools.

“Until I committed, I still had Division I interest, but most of them were places I couldn’t see myself going. Duluth felt like home when I went there,” Leach said. “I would be like the second wave, so if they don’t get their other guys and I just didn’t feel like waiting any longer. Duluth was the right fit for me.”

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Leach announced his commitment to the Bulldogs this week. He averaged 29.2 points, 11.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in his junior season at D-G-F. Leach has played varsity basketball since he was in eighth grade and started since his freshman season. He’s also heading into his fourth season as a varsity regular for the D-G-F football team. He plays quarterback and free safety for the Rebels.

Leach said he projects to play shooting guard or small forward for the Bulldogs. He plays for the Grassroots Sizzle Hoops Club, which is based in Minneapolis and played for the Jalen Suggs “JSizzle” Under-17 team.

Leach said he was thankful for the Division II scholarship offers he received. The transfer portal has made it more difficult for high school players to get D-I offers, unless you’re an elite prospect. D-I programs can now fill their immediate roster needs with more experienced transfer players as opposed to incoming prep players.

“It’s so hard for high school kids these days, especially at the Division I level, when there are so many transfers,” Leach said. “It’s pretty special to get a scholarship these days especially with the portal stuff, for sure.”

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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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