Posted On: 01/5/21 8:16 AM
It may have taken flying over 5000 miles to reach his goal, but Jasper ReinaldaJasperReinalda7'2" | CCorvallis | 2020StateOR has attained one of them. The now 7-foot-3, 270-pound 2020 Corvallis graduate has spent the past six-plus months at Donar Basketball Academy in the Netherlands working on his body and his game. When he comes back home to the U.S. he’ll be doing so as a Division I recruit as Reinalda announced on Tuesday that he’s committed to play at Montana State.
“I wanted to join a program with a play style that would complement my skill set, and MSU is the perfect fit for me,” Reinalda said. “Before my post-grad year I reached out to Montana State because I saw that they have an up-and-coming coach who is building a strong program, combined with great academics. I liked that the school is situated in a college town, Bozeman, with a nice community around the university, and in a beautiful part of the country.”
“When I reached out, the coaching staff responded very positively and they closely followed my progress with Donar U22,” Reinalda continued. “Throughout the recruiting process they were clear that they want me to be a big part of the program and really develop me as a center. I am excited to join a program that is on the rise and that plays through their big men, which was a big factor in my decision.”
After a senior year at Corvallis in which he averaged 15.5 points, 12.6 rebounds, and almost five blocks per game while shooting a sizzling 74.7 percent from the field – tops in all of 5A – Reinalda felt he needed more work before going to the college level. He had connections to Donar and since July he’s been in the Netherlands working hard.
“This year I have seen a lot of improvement in my game due to training focused for big men,” Reinalda said. “Early in the year, I got used to playing against bigger and more athletic guys in practice and the few games that we played, which was a nice change from high school ball. We haven’t been able to practice with contact since October, but have been training intensely in small groups five times a week and lifting three or four times a week. We worked on a ton of post moves on the court, and I am significantly quicker and more explosive. From the weight training, my core strength and overall stability has improved.”
Reinalda is the third member of the graduating Class of 2020 to head to the Big Sky, joining Isaiah AmatoIsaiahAmato6'5" | CGCentral Catholic | 2020StateOR and Kaelan O’NeilKaelanO’Neil6'5" | SFChurchill | 2020StateOR, who are both at Eastern Washington.