Hebrink heading to Valley City State

Published 7:07 pm Thursday, May 7, 2020

Austin grad Tate Hebrink doesn’t travel very often on the basketball court, but he’s been on the move off the court over the past few years.

Hebrink is about to play for his fourth team in four years after committing to play college basketball at NAIA Valley City State University in North Dakota next season.

Hebrink spent a portion of his freshman season with UW-River Falls and he played for Riverland Community College this season and now he’ll be heading to VCU, where he is set to receive an athletic scholarship. He is majoring in physical education.

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Hebrink played in two state tournaments for the Packers where he picked up a wealth of experience and he’s gone on to learn even more at the college level.

“I’ve learned a lot about basketball,” Hebrink said. “There’s a lot of different styles of offense and defense and I’ve learned a lot about the game.”

Hebrink served as the floor general for the Blue Devils helping facilitate offense for Montrell Jacobs, who averaged 18.3 points per game and Terrell Smith, who averaged 19.1 points per game. Hebrink averaged just 5.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and three assists per game, but he had a team-best 2.1 assist to turnover ratio and he shot 51 percent from the field, 49 percent on threes and 74 percent on free throws.

Jacobs has committed to play at Division II Kentucky State University.

Next season, Hebrink will be lining up against Smith, who has committed to Dakota State, which plays in the same league as VCU. However, Smith may see a little different version of Hebrink when their teams square off.

“It’ll be fun to go against him,” Hebrink said. “I’ll always be a pass-first play-maker for my teammates, but I’m definitely going to be more aggressive and look for more shots when I’m open. I feel like I’ve lacked that aggression and I’m going to try and be more aggressive these next two years.”

Riverland went 24-5 overall last season and the Vikings went 9-20 overall last season. Hebrink said the Vikings have a lot of returnees and he’s expecting the team to make a strong push.

Valley City is 390 miles from Austin.

“It’s going to be tough to be that far away. But I think it will be nice. I’ll learn more about myself and who I really am. I’ll become more independent. It’ll be good to step out of my comfort zone,” Hebrink said. “I’m excited and I’m blessed to be able to keep playing basketball.”