Marshall Bjorklund Attracts Recruiting Looks

Marshall Bjorklund, a 6-foot-7 junior forward from Arlington (MN) Sibley East, is one of the top players in the state in the Class of 2010. Bjorklund has paced the Wolverines to a 4-0 start and he has already attracted three scholarship offers. GoldenSports.Net recently caught up with Bjorklund to learn the latest on his recruitment.

Marshall Bjorklund is averaging 24.3 points and 17.3 rebounds per game this season as the Wolverines are off to a 4-0 start. He is shooting 66.7% from the field and 77.8% from the line.

Bjorklund made nine of 16 shots from the field and eight of 11 from the charity stripe as he finished with 26 points and 17 rebounds against Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop in their season opener. He made seven of 11 from the field and seven of eight from the line versus St. Peter as he had 21 points and 24 caroms. Bjorklund made 10 of 12 shots and was six of eight from the line as he scored 26 points and grabbed 11 boards in a win over Jordan.

Bjorklund led the Wolverines to a 17-9 mark last season, losing to Rockford 56-52 in the Class AA Section semifinals. He averaged 18.2 points, 11.6 rebounds and 4.5 blocked shots per game last year as a sophomore.

Bjorklund said that he is hearing from several top programs.

"I have been offered by North Dakota State, South Dakota State and Northern Illinois," he said. "I am still getting looked at by Marquette, Minnesota, Wisconsin Green Bay, Iowa, Iowa State and Wright State."

Bjorklund raised his stock this spring and summer with the Minnesota Magic AAU program. He attended Saturday's Minnesota-Montana State football game with Magic teammate Chad Calcaterra. He has also had an opportunity to make a few college basketball games this year.

"I went to the Gophers game against South Dakota State. Other than that, I have been to some Minnesota State Mankato games," he said.

Bjorklund has several goals for his team this season.

"We should win the conference. It was a good start winning our first conference game against Jordan. We've been running the table so far," he said. "Hopefully, we can keep it going."

Bjorklund is pleased with his start this season.

"I've done all right. I'd like to be more aggressive. I have a torn labrium in my shoulder and I have to wear a brace. I am getting used to playing with it. I can't use my left arm all the time. I hurt it last year playing football and I had surgery on it," he said. "This summer, out in Florida, I hurt it pretty bad and I tore the same thing. After AAU, I'll probably have surgery again."

Bjorklund is working hard on his individual game.

"I really need to work on my jump shot. I really don't get a whole lot of opportunities to shoot in the game, but I have got to work on that a lot and my ballhandling. Those are the two main things," he said.

Bjorklund has had to face double and triple-teaming as opponents are trying to slow him down.

"I've got to get used to that. It is good for me. I have got to learn a lot. I can't just camp out down low on the blocks."

Bjorklund has not thought much about future college visits or college camps that he would attend this summer.

"I have just been focused on the season right now. I'll probably visit the "U" a few times this winter," he said.

Bjorklund has been playing well this season, despite playing with a heavy heart. His usually long hair has been replaced with a close cut in honor of his father.

"My dad about a month and a half ago was diagnosed with cancer, so the whole team shaved their heads," Bjorklund said.

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