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Trojan Boys Basketball: Vorwald signs letter of intent

JORDAN WILLI/DAILY GLOBE Worthington's Jon Vorwald (second from left) signs his letter of intent to play basketball at Dakota Wesleyan Monday at Worthington High School. Also pictured (from left): Dakota Wesleyan assistant coach Tim Weidenbach, Jon Vorwald, Kris Vorwald and Ron Vorwald.

WORTHINGTON -- With the stroke of a pen, Worthington Trojan boys' basketball player Jon Vorwald committed himself to continuing his basketball career at Dakota Wesleyan University Monday at Worthington High School.

"I really thought the school was a good fit when I went to visit," Vorwald said. "I really liked the coaching staff and all the guys on the team. It isn't too far away from home and it just felt right when I was there."

Coming off of a strong performance in summer league basketball, Vorwald brought a renewed confidence to his game and it showed on and off the court.

"He came into his senior year with a lot of confidence," said Ron Vorwald, Jon's father and coach at Worthington. "I'm very proud of Jon for his toughness."

Throughout his senior season, Jon Vorwald played with multiple injuries, including a sprained ankle, a broken jaw and a shoulder injury that nagged him the whole year.

"He played in pain pretty much the whole year after he broke his jaw and with his shoulder bugging him," Ron Vorwald said. "But he hung in there and persevered. He played some good ball when he was healthy."

Despite his many injuries, Jon Vorwald averaged 9.4 points per game for Worthington this season while shooting 43.3 percent from beyond the arc. He also took on a leadership role as one of six seniors on the squad this year.

"I knew losing two of our top scorers from last season, I would have to take charge as a leader and show the guys the way things are supposed to be done," said Jon about his senior season.

One of the best memories of his high school career was getting to play for his father, as well as leading the Trojans to a 17-9 record this season.

"Playing for my dad was great and I couldn't have asked for anything better," Vorwald said. "The guys I played with were great. We always played hard together. We played team basketball."

Even with a successful senior season under his belt, the young Vorwald knows he will have to continue to improve if he is going to keep up with his new teammates at the college level.

"Getting stronger is one of the main things I have to work on this summer before I start playing next year," Vorwald said. "But I will also have to learn to adjust to the pace of the game and the level of play that all the players at that level play at."