Paul Jesperson Gains Recruiting Looks

Paul Jesperson, a 6-foot-6 junior wing from Merrill (WI) High, has already received two scholarship offers and has attracted interest from several other Midwest programs, including Minnesota. Jesperson is playing in the Best Buy Summer Classic for the Wisconsin Playmakers. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Jesperson after his first round win to learn the latest on his recruitment.

Paul Jesperson shined at last week's NY2LA Next Level Invitational in Mequon as he led the Wisconsin Playmakers 16-and-under team to a 5-1 record as they advanced to the Platinum Division semifinals. Jesperson had 39 points in their quarterfinal victory over the Illinois Heat and 18 points in the Playmakers' semifinal loss to All Iowa Attack. Jesperson averaged 25.2 points per game for the tournament.

Jesperson averaged 15.8 points per game this season as he led Merrill to an 11-10 mark, losing to Wausau East 57-51 in the playoffs. He averaged 10.5 points and 5.1 rebounds per game as a freshman for BlueJays who finished with an 8-13 record.

Kurt Soderberg, the younger brother of former Wisconsin and Saint Louis University head coach, Brad Soderberg, is Jesperson's high school coach.

Jesperson told GoldenSports,Net that he is hearing from a variety of schools.

"Marquette, Wisconsin and North Dakota. Wisconsin Green Bay and South Dakota State are my only two offers right now, but hopefully, I'll get some more. Iowa and Iowa State, too. Colorado State and Minnesota, too."

Jesperson has had a chance to attend several camps this summer.

"I went to the Marquette Elite Camp earlier this summer and I think that I'll go to their later one in August. I went to the Wisconsin one. I think that I am going to to Iowa and Purdue. I've been to Green Bay, but not to South Dakota State."

Jesperson has received some recruiting interest from in-state Wisconsin.

"I took a visit there earlier this year. I got a chance to catch a football game. That was pretty cool. I got a call from Greg Gard a little bit ago. He was watching our game today. I talked to them guys a little bit, but not too much lately."

Minnesota has shown interest in Jesperson after a strong showing in the Pump N Run Spring Showcase.

"Minnesota, I talked to them about a month ago. June 15th or so."

Jesperson is hoping to make several visits this fall.

"I'd love to visit like Minnesota. Get out to North Dakota maybe. See some different schools. See what the campuses are like."

Jesperson is coached by older brother Jason on his AAU team. He feels that being coached by his brother has been a positive thing.

"It is pretty nice. He pushes me pretty much. I get a lot more out of it. He shows me and teaches me a few things for the post. Taught me everything I know about shooting. Mike Lee, had a great impact on my game. He was our coach last year. He taught us a lot of ballhandling and took my game to the next level."

Jesperson plays point guard for his high school team and has excellent size at that position, although he think he will move to the frontcourt in college.

"I really do think that is one of my strengths. I see myself playing the "3" in college."

Jesperson is working hard in the offseason to improve his all-around game.

"I want to get into the weight room a lot. Get bigger, stronger and faster. That is for sure. Work on my athleticism and just keep working on my game. Everything about my game and get a little better in the post."

Jesperson will play this week with the Wisconsin Playmakers, but will switch teams when the open period starts back up July 22nd.

"I am going to go with the Net Gain Sports to Vegas and Phoenix."

Jesperson said that he does not have a dream school or a team that he has always wanted to play for.

"Not really. I am just keeping it open right now. See who offers and see where I end up."

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