DSU head coach Liz Lewis introduced herself to Brook Janz after an emotional high school game.
“It was my senior night and we had a big win,” Janz said. “She basically just came up and said that she wanted me to come play here and we set up a visit time. I came here and I loved it.”
The native of Sturgis, South Dakota was sold on more than just the basketball program.
“It was a four-year, so I really liked that,” Janz said. “And they have an incredible nursing program, and that’s currently what I’m majoring in.”
And the Blue Hawks loved her versatility on the court. When I stopped by a team practice, the 5’11” Janz was the only one splitting time between guard and forward drills.
“I play both right now, so I’m going to go back between the 2, 3 and 4,” Janz said. “I get a little bit of the post action, but I’m still with the guards.
“My specialty is getting to the hole, and I’m a really good rebounder.”
Janz has played in every game so far this season, averaging 17 minutes, 6 points and 4 rebounds a game all while adjusting to the higher level of play. She’s not concerned about putting up MVP numbers right now, because as a true freshman, seeing the floor as much as she does is already exceeding her expectations.
“I wasn’t quite sure how playing time would go because we do have a ton of seniors, and then we had a lot of transfers come in,” Janz said. “I wasn’t expecting a whole lot, but it’s awesome that we all get to play. All of us freshmen get minutes in and we get experience. That’s really nice.”
The Blue Hawks are 7-7 overall. They next play Friday at Montana-Western.