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Esko’s Deadrick commits to St. Thomas

Two weeks ago, Esko’s Kory Deadrick ended his high school basketball career by winning a state championship.

Last Thursday, he committed to trying for yet another.

Deadrick verbally committed to play basketball at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, a NCAA Division III private school that has done nothing but win Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and even national titles.

The Tommies, which have won 26 MIAC crowns, including the national championship in 2011, rank fifth among Division III institutions nationwide with 1,557 wins throughout 104 years. It’s a record they only hope to better with Deadrick.

The Esko standout is the small school’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder. The outgoing 6-foot-7, 175-pound senior forward sent in 1,928 points and grabbed 907 rebounds over his four-year career. His point total broke Harold Bergstedt’s previous mark of 1,515, held for 59 years.

Deadrick, who was also considering the University of Minnesota Duluth and Valley City State (N.D.), is excited about his opportunity.

“I need to get a little bigger, stronger and faster,” he said, “but I’m thrilled about my challenge ahead in the next years.”