There’s been buzz building out of Texas regarding Norwegian combo forward Kristian Sjolund.
Over the weekend, Sjolund, a 2018 prospect, participated in Basketball Without Borders, a camp that coincides with NBA All-Star weekend and consists of some of the best internationally born players in the world.
“It was fun meeting new people, there are some really great and awesome people around the world,” he said of the BWB event. “I was really excited before this happened and I wish I could do more. It was fun.”
Sjolund, 17, came to the United States three years ago from Norway and is enrolled at Katy (Tex.) Thompkins. At 6-foot-9, Sjolund is an intriguing forward prospect that boasts an effortless shooting stroke and a good skill level.
“When I’m doing my best, I’m basically being myself and I just kind of go with the flow with the movement of the ball and have fun and share with the team and really do more dribbling and shooting,” SJolund said.
“I would say I carry the team from a different angle kind of thing, not as a point guard but like on the wing, I get the ball, someone sets a screen for me and I can create the play from there,” he added.
Sjolund played with Norway in the 2015 FIBA u16 European Championships, averaging 18.7 points and 5.9 rebounds a game. Then last year he played in the u18 Nordic Championship and scored 7.2 points a game.
Sjolund has begun to garner attention from college coaches. Among the schools he’s heard from are Michigan, Creighton, Oklahoma, Virginia, Libery, Washington, Gonzaga, High Point, Boise State and Rice. Boise State, High Point and Rice all offered him scholarships. Thus far, Sjolund has taken unofficial visits to Virginia, Baylor, Rice and Liberty.
Sjolund said Virginia’s campus reminded him of Norway.
“The UVA trip was really nice,” he said. “The campus is really beautiful and it feels like Norway. Their campus is really big, really large but they’re really nice people.”
The junior recruit was impressed with Baylor, as well.
“Baylor has a really nice campus there and they are really nice people,” he said. “It’s a huge sporting event, I guess I would say.”
Sjolund is expected to play AAU this spring and summer, but he hasn’t settled on a travel team yet.