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April 21, 2014

Aase comes back to MSU

MANKATO — Joe Aase is glad he triedDivision I basketball, but after one year, he decided he’d rather play closer to home of Austin.

“I have a lot of good memories and made a lot of good friends,” said Aase, who spent one season at Davidson. “But it’s not what I wanted going forward. There isn’t much difference in the two levels of basketball, and I wanted to play closer to home.”

Aase, a 6-foot-8 forward, has decided to transfer to Minnesota State, where he’ll have three seasons of eligibility remaining. He spent last season at Davidson, where he got limited opportunity in 24 games. He averaged 0.8 points and 1.0 rebounds.

“If I didn’t go to Davidson, I would have went to MSU or Winona State,” Aase said. “I wanted to stay close to home, but it was too good of an opportunity to pass up. I knew there would probably a place for me to come back to Minnesota State so it worked out really well.”

Aase said that when he decided to transfer, he picked Minnesota State over Winona State because he liked the city and campus and felt he’d fit in better with the basketball program.

A two-time all-state selection at Austin, is a stretch-4, meaning he can play around the basket but also has shooting range to the 3-point line, much like former Mavericks player Connor O’Brien or current teammate Zach Romashko. The Mavericks return only two starters from last season so there could be an opportunity for immediate playing time.

“I’m really excited,” Aase said. “I’m ready to get working on basketball again.”

Aase said he will sign a letter of intent with Minnesota State this week and return from Davidson in May.

The Mavericks had six players who redshirted this season: Lucas Brown, Mike Emge, T.J. Lake, Charlie Rosenberg, Ronald Ross and Brady Wohler. There were also two players — forward Alex Herink of Hudson, Wis., and guard Thomas Kopelman of Rockford, Ill. — who signed during the fall period.

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