Q&A – Freshman Paul Jesperson

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Paul Jesperson

Rounding out our “Q&A” features with the University of Virginia incoming freshman is 6’6″, 197-pound wing Paul Jesperson , the 2010/2011 Gatorade and Associated Press Player of the Year in the state of Wisconsin. In this “Q&A”, the versatile freshman discusses making the transition from playing point guard in high school to off guard in college, the work being done by Strength and Conditioning Coach Mike Curtis, working with fellow freshman Malcolm Brogdon , and much more.

A 4-year starter on the Merrill High School varsity basketball squad, Jesperson picked Virginia over offers from Minnesota and Notre Dame (the other two finalists with Virginia) and overtures from Duke and UCLA. He averaged 22.5 points, more than seven rebounds, close to three assists and almost two steals per game as a senior last season, shooting 36.8 percent from 3-point range and 45.5 percent from the field overall. Jesperson also made 81.5 percent of his free throws.

Q&A With Paul Jesperson

CHRIS:: Back when you committed, you mentioned Mike Curtis as one of the biggest reasons why you chose UVa. Having worked with him for several months now, what do you like the most about how Coach Curtis runs his strength and conditioning program?

Jesperson: Just the way he does things. He’s not all about just getting real big. He’s about making us bigger but still being able to move how we should be able to move, and he translates everything we do to the basketball court. So that’s a big reason why I really like the way he trains.

CHRIS: Playing point guard in high school, has it been a big adjustment to playing