Westphal was a 2018 North Dakota Class A First Team All-State pick for West Fargo Sheyenne High School.

    The University of Minnesota Crookston men’s basketball team announced the signing of Zach Westphal (G, 6-2 155, West Fargo, N.D./West Fargo Sheyenne H.S.) to a National Letter of Intent. Westphal is the first signee for the 2018-19 recruiting class for the Minnesota Crookston men’s basketball program.

    “I am very excited to welcome Zach to the Golden Eagle basketball family,” said Head Coach Dan Weisse. “Zach really helped West Fargo Sheyenne reach the next level. Zach, along with his teammates, did things people did not expect them to do. That is a sign of a high achieving young man. I look forward to challenging him  to get better every day on the basketball court and in the classroom.”

    Westphal gives UMC a local product from West Fargo, N.D., who has a strong upside and great work ethic. Westphal will bring depth and competition to the guard court for UMC beginning with the 2018-19 season. He joins a strong core of returning players for Minnesota Crookston that was part of setting a school record for wins with 10 victories on the 2017-18 season.

    Westphal joins a roster that includes three other players from either Northwest Minnesota or Northeast North Dakota with Aaron Hollcraft (Sr., G, Crookston, Minn.), Darin Viken (Sr., G, Fosston, Minn.) and Nate Lorenz (Sr., F/C, Breckenridge, Minn.).

    Westphal was a 2018 North Dakota Class A First Team All-State pick for West Fargo Sheyenne High School. He was a finalist for the Eastern Dakota Conference (EDC) Athlete of the Year. Westphal was a North Dakota Class A All-State Tournament team selection. He led West Fargo Sheyenne to their first-ever East Region basketball title and a North Dakota State Championship appearance, the first in program history. Westphal averaged 20 points per game for the Mustangs as a senior. He holds the school record at West Fargo Sheyenne for points scored in a season. He was an EDC All-Conference pick. Westphal was ranked as the No. 5 players in the state by 2018 Prep Hoops Dakota.

    He is the son of Jason and Molly Westphal and plans to major in criminal justice at Minnesota Crookston.

    “Zach has been a positive leader for our program at West Fargo Sheyenne,” said West Fargo Sheyenne High School head coach Tom Kirchoffner. “He has demonstrated to our younger guys the way to be successful. He has a very blue-collar approach and helped lead our team to an EDC Championship and a state runner-up finish. He has great basketball skills but in order to improve his main focus will have to be his strength and speed. He will be a great asset.”