Paul Jesperson To Visit Minnesota

Paul Jesperson, a 6-foot-6 junior wing from Merrill (WI) High, will visit Minnesota this weekend and will watch the team practice Saturday morning and attend the Minnesota-Wisconsin football game. Jesperson has attracted interest from several other Midwest programs, including Minnesota.

Paul 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 has received scholarship offers from Colorado State, Loyola, North Dakota State, Northern Iowa, San Diego, South Dakota State, Wisconsin-Green Bay and Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He attended summer camps at Marquette and Wisconsin.

Jesperson is coached by older brother Jason on his AAU team. He previously told GoldenSports.Net 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 worked 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 played for the Wisconsin Playmakers, and Net Gain Sports AAU programs this summer.

Jesperson previously 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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