July 6, 2010

Jesperson has multiple options

Wisconsin's top high school player says his recruitment is still wide open after a summer that has seen him attend two camps and pick up 14 scholarship offers.

"I am still a little open," Paul Jesperson said Wednesday. "There are a couple schools I like such as Purdue, Michigan and Notre Dame that are all interested too. It is going to be a tough decision. A lot of these schools have a lot of good things to offer from basketball to academics. When the time gets closer, I'll have to start narrowing some things down."

Jesperson is currently ranked as the number one prospect in Wisconsin for seniors-to-be. Paul is also the 30th ranked small forward prospect in the nation as well as 132nd overall. The 6-foot-7 forward from Merrill (Wisc.) averaged 20.5 points per game as a Junior.

Jesperson has received scholarship offers from Minnesota, Arizona State, Butler, Central Michigan, Colorado State, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Loyola-Chicago, UW-Milwaukee, North Dakota State, Northern Iowa, San Diego, and South Dakota State, Northwestern and Virginia. He attended camps at Virginia, as well as an NBA High School Basketball Camp.

"They were both great experiences," Jesperson said. "We did more talking about stuff than playing. I guess I learned a lot at those camps."

The Colorado State Rams are still high on Jesperson's list.

"CSU is definitely up there on the list," said Jesperson said. "I would probably say in they are in the top five. I love the coaching staff. I'm just trying to keep my options open."

The future Physical Therapy Major will play for the Wisconsin Playmakers this summer, participating in Milwaukee, Orlando, Chicago, Minnesota and Kansas City tournaments.

"I see myself improve a lot as a leader," Jesperson said. "Just helping the younger guys in the program. High School went so fast for me, that I have found a lot of things I have improved on. I started hitting the weight room a lot more serious and getting my shot a little bit quicker and my handles a little quicker too."

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