Bowen inks three for 2008-09 Men’s Basketball season
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University men’s basketball coach Matt Bowen has announced the signing of three Minnesota High School standouts to National Letters of Intent to play for the Beavers for the 2008-09 season. Joining BSU are Jake Lindstrom, a 6-0 shooting guard (Park HS), Taylor Hall, a 6-6 inside-out player (Spring Lake Park HS) and Bryce Tesdahl a 6-4 slashing guard (Crosby-Ironton HS).

“This recruiting class was very important to follow up last years recruiting class,” commented Bowen. “You can’t make a program on one recruiting class and this class was very important to help us build a team. With the addition of Jake, Taylor and Bryce I feel we have done that. We have identified our needs and I feel that we have started to address some of those needs with the signing of these three players.”

Lindstrom averaged 24.1 points per game during his senior campaign rounding out his career with 1,726 points, good for second all-time at Park High School. A four-year basketball letter winner, he is a three-point specialist shooting 37-percent from behind the arc. He ends his career as the all-time three-point field goal leader at Park High. Lindstrom was a Suburban East All-Conference and All-State Honorable Mention performer his final three seasons. At the conclusion of his senior campaign he was a McDonald’s All-American nominee and was selected to the MBCA All Star game. He had 14 thirty-point games throughout his final two seasons, including a career-high 37-point performance Dec. 15, 2006 against Mounds View. The Cottage Grove native also notched 20 or more points in 41 of 53 games played during his final two seasons with the Wolf Pack. Lindstrom also earned athletic letters in football and tennis and has been a constant on the Park High School ‘A’ Honor Roll.

Bowen on Lindstrom: “When you look at Jake the first thing I think that is very impressive is the amount of 30-point games he has had and that he has scored 20 or more points in 41 of 53 games. He is the type of guy who can fill our need of an excellent shooter. To bring somebody in like Jake, who is respected state wide as being a very very good shooter, we are really excited to get him and integrate him into our offense.”

Hall comes to BSU as a three-sport athlete at Spring Lake Park High School earning letters in soccer, basketball, and baseball. During his two-year stint at the varsity level for the Panthers’ basketball team, he was a member of the 2006-07 team that made a Minnesota State Tournament appearance. He had seven 20-point games during his senior campaign including a career-high 26-point performance in a 68-49 win over Centennial High School on Dec. 29, 2007. As a senior he averaged 15.2 ppg on his way to placing sixth on the Spring Lake Park single-season scoring list.

Hall’s dad Tom played college baseball for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers.

Bowen on Hall: “Taylor is a kid who has grown almost four inches in a year and I think he is still getting used to his body. He has an incredible work ethic along with a really good sense of the game and he will continue to improve. I think we have something really exciting in Taylor because he understands what it is going to take to play at the Division II level. I think he has a little growing and maturing to do and once those things come together, I think he is going to be a very good player.”

Tesdahl leaves Crosby-Ironton as the Ranger boy’s basketball all-time leading scorer with over 1,900 career points. The Mid-State League All-Conference performer averaged 17 points per game and was capable of reaching double-figures in rebounds and assists every night. As a senior he helped lead the Rangers to a 32-1 record, a Mid-State Conference Championship, Section 8AA Championship and a runner-up in the Minnesota State Class 2A boys’ basketball tournament. The four-year varsity starter was named to the Minnesota Class 2A All-Tournament Team and was a Minnesota Associated Press’ All-State second team selection at the conclusion of his senior campaign. Tesdahl’s basketball roots run deep as he is the grandson of legendary head coach Bob McDonald (Chisholm High School) who has been a head coach for 53 years and owns more victories than any basketball coach in Minnesota history.

Bowen on Tesdahl: “With Bryce we get a lot of things that we’ve tried to do as a basketball staff with in our recruiting process. He has a great sense of the game and he has a very strong reputation of being from a great basketball family and being a successful basketball player at Crosby-Ironton. That is the type of student-athlete we look to as a building block for our program.”

The 2008-09 recruiting class continues to add local flavor to the BSU roster. Bemidji State’s 2008-09 team will feature 10 players from the state of Minnesota--a local element BSU has not seen much of in recent years.

“We now have a roster with the majority of student-athletes from the region. Although we are young, I really do like the players that we have. They are going to be really good assets that the community of Bemidji and the surrounding area can get behind and call this Northern Minnesota’s team. Although we are young, these kids have been proven in their high school careers to have had success and hopefully they can bring that same success to Bemidji State.”

The Bemidji State men’s basketball team finished the 2007-08 season 6-21; 3-15 in NSIC play for ninth place in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference standings.

All signees are contingent upon admission to BSU and compliance with NCAA rules, including certification by the NCAA Eligibility Center.

Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).