Otters’ Rund to play for ConcordiaPublished 12:01pm Thursday, April 3, 2014
Fergus Falls Otter senior athlete Austin Rund announced Wednesday that he will play basketball at Concordia College in Moorhead next year.
Rund, who surpassed the 1,000 point milestone in his senior year, chose to finish his senior season before making the decision.
“I’m excited to go there and play,” Rund said. “It’s a great college, all the coaches are fantastic and all the guys on the team, from what I’ve heard and what I’ve seen, are great guys. I’m looking forward to playing with them.”
In his four years contributing important varsity minutes, Rund became a major part of the Otters’ success, including its three-straight trips to the section championship. Along with the 1,000-career points, Rund is the all-time rebounder for the Otters.
After three difficult losses in the Section 8AAA finals his sophomore through senior year, Rund said, he is glad his playing career will continue as he moves on to college.
“That part is real exciting. It stunk when my high school career ended,” Rund said. “I just love basketball and knowing I get to keep playing in college and at a competitive level makes it even more exciting.”
By declaring to go to NCAA Division III Concordia, Austin follows the footsteps of his father, head boys coach Dave Rund, who is a Concordia graduate. That factor didn’t weigh in on the decision, however, Dave said.
“All I asked of Austin was that he waited to the end of the season to weigh all his options,” Dave said.
More importantly, Austin’s leadership and decision to play at the college level gives an example to younger teammates and future players in the Otter program. From the coaching perspective, that is an important part of his son’s decision.
“It’s a statement that hard work does pay off,” Dave said. “That’s what we want our guys to strive for, to be successful both at a high school level and maybe push beyond.”
Austin brings his talents, which include All-Central Lakes Conference honors as a junior and senior year and honorable mention his sophomore year, to a Concordia team looking to bounce back after a 12-13 season. Both Austin and Dave spoke highly of head coach Rich Glas, who Dave said he followed when Glas was the coach of the University of North Dakota basketball team from 1988 to 2005. He is the all-time winningest coach in UND history.
For Austin, who has started since his freshman year, staying close to home was also an important part of his decision to become a Cobber. Being able to watch his father continue to coach the Otters and being close by as his younger brother Nathan makes his way through the program will be a positive. Having his support system of local family and friends who will also be in the Fargo-Moorhead area will make his time playing college ball even more enjoyable.
“I gave the grandparents a call last night. Their a half-hour away from Fargo-Moorhead area, so they’re excited,” Austin said with a smile. “Just everyone’s support from the Fergus Falls community, my peers and my family, it’s just been unreal.”