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Bauer, Klug sign with Jamestown

Two local standout basketball players have chosen to continue their careers at Jamestown College. Dickinson High guard Jake Bauer and Dickinson Trinity guard Matt Klug have both signed letters of intent to play basketball for head coach Jeff Trum...

Two local standout basketball players have chosen to continue their careers at Jamestown College.

Dickinson High guard Jake Bauer and Dickinson Trinity guard Matt Klug have both signed letters of intent to play basketball for head coach Jeff Trumbauer and the Jimmies.

Bauer, a 6-foot-1 guard, averaged 15 points per game and three assists in helping the Midgets to a third-place finish at the Class A state tournament where he was named to the all-tournament team.

Bauer said he chose Jamestown over his second choice, Dickinson State, because he wanted to leave the area.

"I wanted to get away from home," Bauer said. "My parents wanted me to get away too."

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Jamestown beat the majority of its counterparts to the punch in the race for Bauer's services, which was also a big factor in the decision.

"They were one of the very first schools to contact me about playing basketball," Bauer said. "I visited with coach right after the Mandan game at Mandan (on Jan. 17)."

Bauer said his decision to choose Jamestown was much easier after studying up on its business program, which is the area Bauer intends on majoring in.

"As (my family and I) thought about it more, the school part came into it," Bauer said. "My parents talked me into the fact that in the long run, it's the school part that counts the most."

The all-West Region selection said Trumbauer told him he could see playing time as early as next season, though it's not something he should dwell on.

"(Trumbauer said to) focus on getting stronger and getting up to the level of college basketball," Bauer said.

Klug helped lead the Titans to the District 14 tournament championship and played a key bench role in their run to the Class B state championship game during the 2006-07 season.

The 5-9 guard averaged 10 points and 3.5 rebounds last season for Trinity, which finished 16-7 overall. For his efforts, Klug was named to the all-District 14 and all-Region 7 teams.

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According to Klug, the small-town setting helped him choose Jamestown.

"I really liked the college and Jamestown being a smaller town like Dickinson," Klug said.

Klug said he had planned on going to Jamestown for school and just recently decided to play basketball for the Jimmies.

"I don't want to not play and regret it later," Klug said. "I just wanted to try it at least."

Klug said he doesn't expect to see any significant varsity playing time right away.

"They have a (junior varsity) program there," Klug said. "I can play on JV as well."

Klug is undecided in his choice of major.

Jamestown is the defending Dakota Athletic Conference regular-season champion after going 23-9 including an 11-3 mark in the conference. It lost in the first round of the NAIA national tournament.

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The Jimmies lost six seniors, including conference MVP Jake Holen, from last year's squad.

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