Isaac Oeltjen: Set To Begin College Career

Former Red Wing HS center Isaac Oeltjen (Welch, MN) signed a financial aid agreement with Boise State back in June and now he's just arrived on campus. Oeltjen is one of the more intriguing signees in recent Bronco history. What are his thoughts on beginning his college career? How is his knee progressing? He spoke to BroncoCountry.com and offered his thoughts on both.

Former Red Wing HS center Isaac Oeltjen (Welch, MN) signed a financial aid agreement with Boise State back in June and now he's just arrived on campus. Oeltjen is one of the more intriguing signees in recent history and will bring a lot of versatility to the Bronco basketball team. He can use his 7'1 frame to post-up down low and has the ability to shoot the three as well. That's a very unusual combination for someone of that size.

Learning how to shoot the three with consistent success wasn't easy for the future Bronco. It took a lot of practice and it has certainly paid off for him as he now presents a huge match-up problem for opposing teams. "I'd watch Shaq about five years ago and I didn't want to be a big guy that couldn't shoot or dribble," he said. "I worked on it extra hard and it creates such a match-up problem for the other team when you have a big guy that can shoot well from outside," he added.

Oeltjen's versatility was on display in the YouTube video that he made and sent out to colleges across the country. Head Coach Leon Rice saw the video and felt Isaac could step in and help the Bronco basketball program as he looks to rebuild it and take it to the top of the Mountain West starting in 2011. "The coaches at Boise State were unbelievable. I can't say enough about them," he stated. "I felt such a good connection with them and fit right in. That was the biggest thing."

Isaac just arrived in Boise on Monday night or early Tuesday morning of this week. He has full eligibility and his knee is progressing nicely. "The knee is doing a lot better. I workout and can move so much faster than even a month ago," Oeltjen said. "I'd say it's at about 85% right now. It just feels like a world of difference."

The doctor that performed the surgery has assured Isaac that he won't have anymore problems for the rest of his life. It appears the plan for him is to redshirt this upcoming season and get back to full speed in time for the 2011 season. "I'm pretty sure I'm going to redshirt," he said. "I think that would be good for me and my knee. I'll be 100% by the start of next season."

Bronco fans can expect Oeltjen to always give 100%. "I'm going to give 100% all the time," he said. "I'm hoping I can be a solid three point shooter and an inside player. I like to do it all," he added.


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