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There was a positive buzz surrounding the Gonzaga Women's Basketball Program during the first ten days of October. Yes, practice was approaching fast and the Zags would be favored to win the conference and advance to the NCAA's. Yes, the anticipation was high as the women were in good health and in great shape. Yes, the mindset had changed from guardedly hopeful to sure-fired confidence. But there was more to the happy buzz than just this coming season.
Anticipation jumped up to new heights when University (Spokane) High School standout Jami Bjorklund announced that she wanted to move up her official visit two weeks to October 8-10 from October 22-24. Something good was in the air.
And sure enough, Jami committed to Gonzaga soon after her visit, giving the future Zags a top-notch 5'11" wing who can play off-guard, small forward, and even power forward or point guard if need be. That was what made Jami so invaluable to Kelly Graves: she has no weaknesses and is incredibly versatile. There was not a more fundamentally sound player in the west, as proven by her stellar summer of AAU ball with the elite once-beaten Spokane Stars where she led the team in scoring and was a defensive stopper.
But perhaps Jami's most attractive features are her tough mental attitude and natural leadership skills.
Bjorklund has led her high school to 4A State and by all indications it looks as though she'll do it again her senior year. Zag fans in Spokane and Spokane Valley can watch Jami in action this basketball season. University High School on 32nd Avenue, just east of Pines Road.
You can read more about Jami and on this website in previously written articles. Zags Hoops would like to welcome Jami to Gonzaga.