Jared Berggren Commits to Big Ten School

Jared Berggren, a 6-foot-10 junior center from Princeton (MN) High, has committed to Wisconsin, according to sources close to his recruitment. Berggren is averaging 19.5 points, 11.6 rebounds and 5.5 blocked shots per game for the Tigers who are off to a 8-3 start.

Berggren was also considering Minnesota, Purdue and Iowa State. Iowa State assistant coach T. J. Otzelberger watched Berggren's game against Denfeld Friday night as he finished with 22 points, 18 rebounds and seven blocked shots.

Berggren will join Howard Pulley teammate Jordan Taylor of St. Louis Park (MN) Benidle St. Margaret for the 2008-09 season. The Badgers also landed senior forward Jon Leuer, in part due to the uncertainty of the Minnesota Gopher head coaching situation.

Berggren averaged 10.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.5 blocked shots per game as a sophomore last season. He shot 55.0% from the field and 55.1% from the line as Princeton finished 15-13. He is carrying more of the offensive load with the graduation of Scott Roehl, a 6-foot-7 senior, who averaged 19.4 points and 12 rebounds per game this past season. Roehl is at Southwest Minnesota State this season.

Berggren played last spring for the Howard Pulley Panthers AAU team. He shined in the Kingwood Classic, where he blocked four shots of McDonald's All-American Darrel Arthur. He also participated in the 2006 Nike Hoop Jamboree in St. Louis.

Gopher Illustrated Top Stories