Paul Jesperson Talks Recruitment

Paul Jesperson, a 6-foot-6 junior wing from Merrill (WI) High, attended the Minnesota-Michigan State game Saturday. Jesperson has attracted interest from several other Midwest programs, including Minnesota. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Jesperson to learn the latest on his recruitment.

Paul Jesperson is averaging 19.2 points per game this season for the Bluejays who are off to a 10-4 start after a 67-34 win over Northland Pines Friday night. He averaged 15.8 points per game as a sophomore 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, Arizona State and Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He attended summer camps at Marquette and Wisconsin.

Jesperson, who is coached by older brother Jason on his Wisconsin Plsymakers AAU team, had head coaches Buzz Williams of Marquette, Greg McDermott of Iowa State and Bill Carmody of Northwestern watching him in the recent WBY Shootout along with assistant coaches from Wisconsin, Bradley, Colorado State, North Dakota State and South Dakota State.

Jesperson told GoldenSports.Net that he is pleased with his play so far this season.

"I think that I have done some good things, but I can always improve. Just looking to get better."

Merril is off to their best start in recent history and Jesperson feels good about hte team's play.

"Team-wise, I think that we are getting better every practice, every game. We have done a lot of things from the beginning of the season til now. We've progressed a lot. That is our goal."

Jesperson has high goals for his team this season.

"We would love to make it to state. We have a team that could do it this year."

Jesperson is hearing from several top schools that have yet to extend a scholarship offer.

"Recently, Minnesota, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin and Marquette."

Jesperson said that his busy schedule hasn't allowed to attend many college basketball games this winter.

"It is pretty tough. This is my first one."

Jesperson said that he is working hard to improve himself as an all-around player.

"Still getting my strength up. That is going good. Ballhandling. Really trying to handle the ball Athleticism. Really working on my shots."

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