Posted On: 10/15/18 9:00 AM

Winona had something of a disappointing and perplexing season a year ago. The unquestioned highlight of the Winhawks year and the cause for optimism this upcoming winter is senior wing Jake Reeck.

Reeck, a 6-foot-2 swingman, averaged 16 points and knocked down better than 40 percent of his 3-pointers last season, earning Big 9 All Conference honors in the process. He spent the grassroots season with Minnesota Select and continued to prove his mettle as a potential college player.

“The summer went well for me,” said Reeck. “I enjoyed my two years with Minnesota Select. In those two years I made some really good friends and trained with some great coaches. Traveling [all over] was a great experience. It was very valuable to compete against the top level talent in Minnesota and in the surrounding states. I was definitely able to identify my strengths and weakness during this season. I was then able to improve and work on those later in the summer and fall.”

Reeck’s ability to score from all levels was already proven but over the summer, he had a chance to advance his defensive game and show off his expanding floor game.

“I think my biggest improvement was defensively,” Reeck said. “I really worked on keeping my man in front of me and also trying to step in and take more charges. I became more comfortable with the ball in my hands and tried to put my teammates in a position to score.”

With a solid all-around game and track record of success at a big school, it’s easy to see where Reeck would be a highly sought after player for the college level.

“I definitely want to play hoops at the next level and I’m working hard to make that happen as it is a lifelong goal of mine,” said Reeck. “I’ve visited Hamline, Gustavus, St. Olaf and Eau Claire. I’ve talked to and plan on visiting Augsburg, Mayville State, UW Whitewater, and UW Oshkosh.”

In the meantime, Reeck is excited about the upcoming high school season where he believes the Winhawks are primed for a strong winter campaign.

“I have a very good feeling about the high school season,” said Reeck. “We have a new coaching staff in place and our young team is now a more veteran experienced team. We have a lot of juniors and seniors that have gained experience through playing AAU and in the last year. This is a group that has played together since fifth grade. My goals are based around the team winning games. I’m pumped to get things rolling.”