'There's hoopers all over the state': DGF senior Owen Leach among those on Minnesota Mr. Basketball watchlist
Leach, who surpassed 2,000 career points this season, is one of 36 players named to the list.
GLYDON — Last week, the Minnesota Mr. Basketball committee released its watchlist for the 2022-23 season. Among the 36 names included on the list was Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton’s Owen Leach.
The honor comes just weeks after Leach surpassed 2,000 career points for the Rebels.
“It’s super cool (to be on the list),” said Leach. “If you look at those names, there are people going D-1, D-2, D-3, NAIA, there’s hoopers all over the state. It doesn’t matter where you go, there’s going to be someone good wherever you go.”
Along with Leach, Moorhead’s Adam Jenkins was also named to the list. Leach commented on the pairs’ relationship of playing with and against one another that goes back to grade school.
“It was pretty awesome (for us both to be on the list),” he said. “There’s only 36 players on it and who knows how many (total) play in Minnesota. It’s been one of my goals to make the top 36 and try to make the top 10.
“I think Adam and I are pretty stoked to be on the list being that we’re going to be playing in the NSIC, along with a lot of other people on the list. So, it’s pretty exciting.”
Leach and Jenkins met once already this year on the court during the Holiday Tournament in Moorhead, a game the Spuds won 80-76.
They’ll face off once more this year as DGF hosts Moorhead on Feb. 10.
Leach will play for the University of Minnesota Duluth next year — becoming roommates with fellow Mr. Basketball watchlist name Trey Smith of Osseo — in the NSIC. Of Smith, Leach said, “He’s a baller, for sure!”
Leach’s decision to join the Duluth squad, though, wasn’t an easy one, with MSUM also in the running.
“It was a hard decision especially because MSUM is right next door and they offered me a scholarship as well,” Leach said. “But, I’m super stoked to go up there this summer and meet the guys. They have a pretty good group.”
Leach mentioned former Mr. Basketball winners Tyus (2014) and Tre (2018) Jones and Braeden Carrington (2022) as some of his biggest basketball influences.
“I would say the Jones brothers, Tre and Tyus, I’ve always looked up to them. They are kind of the staple of Minnesota basketball,” he said. “Even last year, Braeden Carrington, he played for Sizzle, I played for Sizzle. I’ve always looked up to those guys and wanted to be like them.”
As of Saturday, Jan. 21 — with a 61-60 win over Barnesville which saw leach net 31 points for his team — the Rebels sit at 10-2 overall on the season and remain undefeated in the Heart O’Lakes conference.