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'It's a really big honor': Moorhead's Adam Jenkins named to 2022-23 Minnesota Mr. Basketball watchlist

Jenkins, an MSUM signee, was among the 36 players from across the state to make the watchlist.

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Moorhead junior Adam Jenkins (40) looks to receive a pass in the second half against Bemidji in the Section 8-4A quarterfinals on Tuesday, March 8, 2022, at Bemidji High School.
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MOORHEAD — Moorhead’s Adam Jenkins was among the 36 players announced last week on the Minnesota Mr. Basketball Committee's watchlist for the 2022-23 season.

Seeing his name among the talent that comprises the list was an honor, Jenkins said.

“It’s a really big honor for me and I’m really happy and excited about it,” Jenkins said. “I know I’ll have to go up against a lot of good talent and great players that I’ve played against. I’m just really excited I’m on it and happy to be one of the people mentioned.”

Jenkins, an MSUM signee, also understands the history behind the award, with several players from Moorhead’s past that he looked up to being named as finalists or to the watchlist. He cited Aaron Lien, a 2013 finalist, and Maleeck Harden-Hayes, who made the 2019 watchlist, as two of his basketball inspirations.

“Those guys are really big idols for me,” he said. “I’ve always looked up to them.”

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Moorhead's Adam Jenkins receives high fives from his teammates as he is introduced prior to the start of a game against Fargo North Jan. 19 at Fargo North High School.
Todd Rose | The Forum

Though seeing his name on the list is neat for Jenkins and his teammates, they know it has little bearing on their performance this season.

“It feels really good to be on the list but it doesn't affect us as a team that much,” said Jenkins. “It’s cool to be on it but it won’t win games. No team is going to be like ‘oh, he’s on the list so we’ve lost automatically.’ No, people are still going to play their hardest and we’re going to do the same.”

Jenkins isn’t the only area player named to the list as Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton’s Owen Leach also on the watchlist.

Moorhead and DGF faced off once already this season, a Dec. 28 game that the Spuds won 80-76. They will see each other one more time on Feb. 10 in Glyndon.

“I’ve played against Owen for a long time and known him a long time,” Jenkins said. “He’s a really good player. He’s going to Minnesota Duluth for basketball, as well. So I’ll continue to know and play against him for a while. I respect him a lot.”

Next year, Jenkins will join the Minnesota State Moorhead Dragons. The hometown location and the Dragons’ coaching staff, including head coach Tim Bergrstraser, were two big reasons behind his decision to join the team.

“It was a really big factor (staying local),” he said. “I’ve known Tim for a while along with the players. And, since it’s local, I’ve been at a lot of MSUM games in the past. I’m really excited to work with him next year and years to come.”

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Moorhead Spuds' Adam Jenkins (4)) puts up a shot as Fargo North's Joe Rose (34) defends Jan. 19 at Fargo North High School.
Todd Rose | The Forum

But before next season, Jenkins' attention will be on the Spuds, who are off to an 11-3 start.

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“We had a really good start and we all know that and we’re really happy and excited about that. But, we can’t let it go to our heads,” he said. “We can’t just say ‘we’ve made it this far’ and give up. We can’t settle. We know some teams are going to circle us on their schedule because we have a good record. We just have to be ready always and can't stop trying as hard as we can.”

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