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Eric Peterson, Published October 14 2013

Fargo Davies guard Kretchman commits to Minnesota State Moorhead for men's basketball

MOORHEAD – Minnesota State Moorhead has landed one of the area’s top boys basketball players.

Fargo Davies senior guard Tanner Kretchman has verbally committed to play for the Dragons. The 5-foot-11 guard was a North Dakota Class A first-team all-state selection as a junior.

“I’ve got to see them play quite a bit and I really like what kind of program they had over there,” Kretchman said of MSUM. “I really liked the coaching staff.”

Kretchman averaged 24.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game last season, helping Davies make its first trip to the state tournament in its third season as a varsity program.

“Tanner is just going to excel, keep getting better,” Davies head coach Bart Manson said. “That’s the future that I see for him.”

Kretchman is the first boys basketball player in Davies’ brief history to commit to a Division II program, Manson said.

“I think it sets the bar for other kids in your program,” Manson said.

Kretchman said Minot State was also among his final choices. Minot State is also a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, like the Dragons.

Kretchman is an adept shooter from long distance. He shot 47.3 percent (86 of 182) from 3-point range last season.

“It’s exciting as a coach because you can go over there and watch him play a little bit more,” Manson said of Kretchman staying in the F-M area for college.

Kretchman decided it was best to decide on a college before the start of his senior season of high school basketball.

“I thought about waiting it out and playing out my senior year,” he said. “I really wanted to get it out of the way and out of my mind.”

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