Editor’s note: Valley to Top is a semi-daily roundup of news impacting the UND football and basketball programs, as well as updates from around the Missouri Valley Football Conference and Summit League.

For the first time in about a year, the UND men’s basketball program given out a scholarship offer to a 2022 possibility.

On Wednesday, 2022 possibility Jackson Loge of Morris Location High School (Minn.), a 6-foot-8 forward, stated he received a scholarship offer from the Combating Hawks.

Loge is the very first 2022 deal for UND considering that the program offered Enderlin (N.D.) twins Gus and Joe Hurlbert. Joe Hurlbert now has deals from Iowa and Colorado.

UND is Loge’s very first deal. But Ryan James, a Minnesota basketball recruiting expert, tweeted previously this month that Loge was hearing from Minnesota-Duluth, South Dakota State, Appalachian State, Liberty, Belmont, Augustana, North Dakota State and St. Thomas.

Jackson Loge is the child of former Minnesota Gophers basketball gamer Kevin Loge. Jackson averaged 23 points per video game for Morris Location this previous season.

Chris Maiello was the head swimming and diving coach at UND when the school cut both the guys’s and women’s programs in 2017.

Maiello, who was outstanding as he publicly protected his sport at UND while the school considered athletic cuts, quickly arrived on his feet as the head males’s and females’s swimming and diving coach at the University of Connecticut.

On Wednesday, UConn announced its cutting males’s swimming and diving, together with three other sports at the end of the 2020-21 season.

UConn sports stated it had to cut 25 percent of the budget plan from the university, around $10 million by 2023 and it will eliminate males’s cross nation, ladies’s rowing, males’s swimming and diving and males’s tennis. Around 124 student-athletes will be affected.

The university is likewise minimizing the cost of scholarships, consisting of for athletics, beginning in the 2020-21 scholastic year and the number of scholarships offered in males’s golf and males’s track and field will be decreased.

Previous UND ladies’s basketball standout Fallyn Freije is embarking on a professional basketball career.

Freije, a North Dakota local, transferred to Montana State for her last season of eligibility. Freije created a historic season at Montana State in 2019-20 prior to the coronavirus pandemic cut her dream except an NCAA Competition appearance.

On Wednesday, Freije revealed she’s heading to Sweden to begin her professional stint.