Eighth Grader Ian Theisen Gets Early Looks

Apple Valley eighth grader Tyus Jones is not the only middle schooler to play varsity basketball in the Twin Cities. Ian Theisen, a 6-foot-7 center from Osseo, has also attracted early attention from Minnesota. Theisen attended the recent Minnesota-Michigan State game. GoldenSports.Net recently caught up with Theisen to learn the latest on his early season play.

Ian Theisen has helped the defending Class AAAA runner-ups to a 15-3 start. He is averaging 3.7 points and 3.3 rebounds per game this season. Theisen is shooting 58.5% from the field and 72.2% from the line.

Theisen, who attended the recent Minnesota-Michigan State game, is expected to play for Minnesota Pump N Run 15-and-under team. Theisen is starting to get some recruiting attention, despite his young age

"I am starting to hear from some schools. Not too much, just telling me that they are looking at me. Nothing too serious."

Theisen made his first unofficial visit to the Gopher-Buckeye game last month.

"This is my first one that I was actually invited to. It was really fun. You can't get any better than this. Second row down, mid-court."

Theisen has high goals for his team that has done a good job replacing Sam Dower, who is a redshirt freshman at Gonzaga.

"It is still to probably win the conference. Maybe the championship game of the sections and go onto the state tournament. I would still think. Everyone still has the same expectation, too."

Theisen has had some ups and downs as an eighth grader. He had a season-high eight points against Sartell-St. Stephen, but has had four games that he went scoreless.

"It is still a growing experience. It is fun, though. I still get maybe nine minutes a game. I learn a lot from other guys giving me pointers. It has been really good for me."

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