Hoffman, Knutson to join Beaver Men’s Basketball beginning in Fall 2018

Hoffman, Knutson to join Beaver Men’s Basketball beginning in Fall 2018
Monday, May 21, 2018
Hoffman, Knutson to join Beaver Men’s Basketball beginning in Fall 2018

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team has grown by two as a transfer and freshman guard agreed to join the program beginning in the Fall of 2018. Beavers Men’s Basketball Head Coach Mike Boschee announced the addition of transfer Jacob Hoffman from Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., and the signing of freshman Bjorn Knutson from Byron High School in Byron, Minn.

All student-athletes’ acceptance is contingent upon admission to BSU and compliance with NCAA rules, including certification by the NCAA Eligibility Center.

Bjorn Knutson, a 6-foot-2-inch guard from Byron, Minn., was a two-time All-Hiawatha Valley League team selection and an honorable mention selection in basketball. He finished his career at BHS as the program’s third all-time scorer with 1,052 points and was selected to the all-area honorable mention team. He finished with 15 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game during his senior campaign. Knutson was also an all-conference, all-section and all-area team member in football.

“Bjorn is an athletic guard that will be able to play multiple positions for us,” Boschee said. “I see Bjorn being a stat-stuffer, someone that can knock down a 3-pointer, will grab rebounds and assist the ball well from the guard position. He also has the toughness to go guard one of the top offensive players on the defensive end and enjoy doing it.”

Knutson was born June 18, 1999 and is the son of Leif and Marie Knutson. He was an academic letter winner for four years and was awarded the Mayo Clinic Scholarship during his senior year.

Jacob Hoffman, a 6-3 guard from Horsens, Denmark, comes to BSU as a sophomore after spending the last two seasons with Lee University. During his junior season at Greater Atlanta Christian School, Hoffman averaged 16 points and led his team in 3-point shooting with a .540 3-pointer percentage under coach Eddie Martin and coach David Eaton. He averaged 20 points and shot a .460 3-point percentage and .960 free throw percentage as a senior. Hoffman helped GACS to a 55-game win streak and a Georgia State Championship while winning MVP of the Gwinnett All-Star Game as a senior.

“We are excited to add Jacob to the program. He has had two years of collegiate experience at Lee University that will be valuable to our team,” Boschee said. “He has played at a high level of talent in high school in Atlanta, Ga., and with his AAU team, Georgia Stars. He is a pure shooter that has a great shooting stroke with good size and strength. I like his competitiveness and his willingness to work for what he wants to accomplish.”

Hoffman was born Nov. 10, 1996 and is the son of Peter and Pia Hoffman. His father was inducted to the Michigan Tech University Athletics Hall of Fame on Oct. 28, 2006, is the fifth-leading scorer in the program’s men’s basketball history and played professionally for 10 years in five countries. Hoffman’s mother also played professional basketball. Hoffman was a National Honor Society and Honor Roll member during his high school career. He is studying sports management with a business minor.

Hoffman and Knutson join Nick Bieniek, Max Bjorklund, Cody Landwehr and Steele Senske as incoming student-athletes in the men’s basketball 2017-18 recruiting class.

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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).