True freshman Brook Janz bringing versatility to Dickinson State women’s hoops

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.

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