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Local players highlight Jimmie hoops recruits

 Ten players have signed with the Jimmie men’s basketball team, including three from the area.

Jamestown High School’s Ashton Johnson, who averaged 6.6 points and 3.1 rebounds last season for the Blue Jays, is on the list.

So are Nick Blaskowski and Brady Behm.

The 6-foot-2 Blaskowski averaged 20.5 points and five rebounds and finished with over 1,500 points for Pingree-Buchanan High School.

Behm joins his brother Jesse on the University of Jamestown roster. He averaged 11.6 points for Maple Valley.

Coach Justin Wieck’s class includes six other players from Minnesota and one from South Dakota.

Also signing with the Jimmies are Taylor BonGiovanni of Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield, Minn., Zach Cave from St. Paul, Minn., Gage Deis from Sioux Falls, S.D., Lance Gardner of Roseville, Minn., Chandler Jacoby from Medina, Minn., Sam Johnson of Mora, Minn., and Jack Sinkel from Princeton, Minn.

“We are extremely excited to announce our 2014 recruiting class,” Wieck said. “We targeted athletes who have excelled both on the court and in the classroom, and we’re thrilled with the outcome.”

BonGiovanni, a 5-11 guard, averaged 19.2 points and 5.4 assists for Holy Angels last season. He also is an honor roll student.

Cave, who stands 6-3, did not play basketball last season while attending Minnesota State Mankato, but averaged 8.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per game as a senior at Benilde-St. Margaret’s in St. Paul.

Deis, averaged 7.3 points and 5.1 rebounds per game for Colby Community College in Sioux Falls, S.D., a Division I JUCO.  The previous season the 6-7 Deis averaged 16.2 points and 8.3 rebounds at Lake Region State in Devils Lake. He’s originally from Minnesota.

Gardner, at 6-5, is ranked as the No. 39 recruit in Minnesota by NorthStar Hoops Report. He averaged 9.9 points and 5.1 rebounds for Roseville High School.

Jacoby, a guard, averaged 6.3 points at Orono High School.

Johnson, who goes 6-5, was ranked as the No. 79 player in Minnesota after averaging 23.3 points and 9.9 rebounds last season. An academic all-state selection, he earned the Distinguished Scholarship UJ.

The 6-3 Sinkel poured in 24.5 points and 8.6 rebounds for Princeton, Minn. An academic all-state pick, he was ranked as the No. 124 recruit in the state and plans to major in nursing.

Wieck credited his assistant coaches — Danny Neville, Dan Tharp, Grayson Leder and Brady Cameron — in signing the 10-player class.

“We can’t wait to get them here in the fall to join our 24 returning student-athletes from last season,” Wieck said.