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Minnesota state champion commits to UND men’s basketball – Grand Forks Herald

GRAND FORKS — Greyson Uelmen and Andy Stefonowicz wanted to play college basketball near each other.

Stefonowicz signed a National Letter of Intent to play at North Dakota State in November. Uelmen’s recruiting picked up later than his best friend’s, but the Minnetonka guard wanted to find a way to play in the Summit League, too.

This winter, UND men’s basketball started pursuing Uelmen, who won a Minnesota Class 4A state championship this season.

After the state tournament, Uelmen visited Grand Forks and committed as a preferred walk-on while on campus.

Uelmen and Stefonowicz will go from teammates to in-state rivals.

“We’re excited for those matchups for years to come,” Uelmen said.

Uelmen was Minnetonka’s leading scorer this season, averaging 20 points per game on 56.9% shooting. He shot 50% from three this year.

It was an improvement from his junior season, when he saw limited playing time and averaged just 7.1 points per game. His jump was evident in a February game when Uelmen dropped 31 points in a win over eventual Class 3A champion Totino-Grace.

Uelmen knew he’d have a bigger role his senior year, and he embraced it, helping Minnetonka to its first state title since 2008.

The packed stands at Williams Arena, Minnesota’s home court, gave Uelmen a taste of what college basketball could be like.

“Throughout the whole state tournament, all the games were packed,” he said. “And the championship game, I think there were like 7,000 or 8,000 people there. There were a ton of people there. Williams Arena was all filled up to the top, top row. It was officiated like a college game as well, so it really, really showed us what it would be like.”

The 6-foot-2 guard, who could play at the one or two in college, described his play as unselfish.

“I’m just a good shooter,” Uelmen said. “I love to play both ends of the floor. I like to play defense as well. I’m versatile. I like to get downhill.”

He’ll bring that play to the Summit League, the level Uelmen wanted to play at since his recruiting started. He loved the environment — he got a taste of a packed Betty Engelstad Sioux Center during UND’s comeback win over NDSU in February — and appreciated the proximity to his hometown so his family could easily attend games.

“I think it’s a good level to play at,” Uelmen said. “I’m really excited for that. I’m just really excited to play for coach Sather. Everyone I talked to loves him. This could be a good couple of years playing for him.”

Abby Sharpe

Abby Sharpe has covered area preps and University of North Dakota athletics for the Herald since July 2023. She graduated from Arizona State University with a sports journalism degree. She loves ’90s sitcoms, historical fiction and Quentin Tarantino movies. Readers can reach Abby at [email protected].