What a ride for Austin floor general Tate Hebrink.
He helped lead the Packers’ Sea of Red to the AAA championship game last year, and he got almost as far as a senior, eventually losing to DeLaSalle in the third place state game.
His game has become known for steady decision making and consistent production, and along with a few others on this team, he will be remembered at Austin for a long time.
“I felt like senior year went pretty good,” Hebrink said. “Obviously we didn’t get to where we wanted to be, but I’m very proud of our team with how we played and some of the teams we beat. We beat a lot of very good teams, and not many people thought we were going to be very good when Both (Gach) left.”
Indeed, the transfer of D1 prospect Both Gach to an Arizona prep school shocked Austin basketball and blew a hole in a lineup that was a AAA contender. But Hebrink, Duoth Gach, Moses Issa and more still pressed their opponents with the classic Packer defense all the way until the semis.
Now, Tate looks to his next phase: college basketball.
“(I’m looking for) a team that wins, of course, a fast-paced team that likes to push the ball,” he said. “Other than that I am looking a program that has a good group of guys I would be playing around.”
Tate is looking into options at multiple levels. NAIA, D3 and D3 jucos are all in pursuit.
“Right now it is down to UW River-Falls, Valley City State (N.D.) and Riverland CC. RCTC has also just began talking to me this last week, and I might be going on a visit there next week.”
Any college program looking for a proven competitor and winner at the point guard position might be able to jump in on Tate’s recruitment, but act soon.