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Dickinson Trinity's Volk commits to the Blue Hawks men's basketball team

Press Photo by Royal McGregor Jacob Volk, center, is accompanied by his mother Sherry, right, and father Darwin, left, as he signs his letter of intent to play basketball for Dickinson State Wednesday at the Biesiot Activities Center.1 / 2
Press Photo by Dustin Monke Dickinson Trinity senior Jacob Volk, who signed to play for the Dickinson State men's basketball team, splits Heart River defenders Dec. 20 at Knights of Columbus Activities Center.2 / 2

Jacob Volk was a regular spectator at Dickinson State men's basketball games for the last two seasons. Often, he and his Dickinson Trinity teammates sat behind the opponents' bench.

However, next season Volk won't be sitting in the stands. He'll be looking to help the Blue Hawks win.

The 6-foot-3 shooting guard is trading in his Titan red and white for Blue Hawk blue and gray, becoming DSU's first committed men's basketball new recruit for the 2013-14 season after signing his letter of intent Wednesday at the Biesiot Activities Center.

"Having the chance to play in front of my hometown for another four years is going to be awesome," Volk said. "I've already talked with a handful of people and they said they are excited to see me play here."

DSU head coach Ty Orton excited to bring one of the top players in the state. Orton said he doesn't intend for Volk to redshirt his freshman year.

"He's one of the best players in state and for us to pick him up is a great pickup for us," Orton said. "He brings that ability to put the ball on the floor and go get a basket. Jacob is really good at creating opportunities.

"We think it's a great situation, not just for the basketball program, but the athletic program. It shows that we are here and we want top players. The top players can also have great careers here."

Volk, a finalist for the Mr. Basketball Award and an all-state first team selection, helped the Titans to a fifth-place finish at the Class B state boys basketball tournament this season. He made the game-winning 3-pointer as time expired to beat Rugby in his final game.

Volk averaged points 20 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game during the regular season as a senior. During the Class B state tournament, he supplied 22.3 points per game and was unanimously selected to the all-tournament team.

"My whole varsity career was amazing," Volk said. "Every single year, I played with a good group of guys and that made it that much easier."

The newest member of the DSU men's basketball team knows he'll be looked upon to score, but said he'll to continue to be a better defender.

"I'll still work on my defense and getting stronger," Volk said.

Orton believes the three years Volk played at the varsity level for Trinity under head coach Gregg Grinsteinner is going to be beneficial immediately. The Blue Hawks have another former Trinity basketball player on the team, senior Robbie Morey. In all-time Trinity basketball points leaders, Volk ranks second with 1,177 and Morey is third with 1,160. Former Blue Hawk Chad Glasser is the school's all-time leading scorer.

"Playing for Grinsteinner even helps the situation, because he was taught the game, which is going to help his career further down the road," Orton said.

Volk said he was in talks with Black Hills State (S.D.), Northern State (S.D.), Minnesota State Moorhead, Concordia College (Minn.), Williston State College, Bismarck State College and other junior colleges. He said DSU was just the best fit for him.

"Just going to open gyms, it seems like I fit in with the team well," Volk said. "It made the decision that much easier."

Orton added: "He fits with us. He's a good kid, plays hard and he loves where he's from. I think he's just going to come in and make the program better."