Boden Skunberg's stellar sophomore basketball season for Jamestown High School didn't go unnoticed.
The 6-foot-5 forward averaged 14.5 points per game and 5.9 rebounds last winter, which helped lead the Blue Jays to a 12-14 record and an appearance at the Class A boys basketball state tournament.
Skunberg announced via Twitter on Sunday, Nov. 11, he committed to continue his career collegiately at North Dakota State University in 2020. Skunberg is a junior this winter at JHS.
"It's exciting-really exciting," Skunberg said about his verbal commitment with Bison men's basketball. "I mean, it's close to home and all the coaches were really nice and I relate with them really well.
"Growing up, everyone is an NDSU fan and it's pretty cool to be a Bison."
Skunberg stayed busy last summer, playing 17-under level AAU basketball for the Sioux Falls, S.D., Pentagon Schoolers. The team was coached by Kirk Hinrich, a 13-year NBA guard and All-American at Kansas.
"A lot of the teams we played were ranked in the nation; like sponsored teams from Nike, Adidas and Under Armor," Skunberg said. "Playing some of the best teams in the nation helped develop my skill."
Skunberg said NDSU associate head coach Jayden Olson reached out to him during the summer, which sparked unofficial visits through the fall.
Skunberg said he had NCAA Division II offers from Concordia University-St. Paul (Minn.), Northern State University (S.D.), University of Jamestown, Valley City State University and University of Mary. He also said the North Dakota Fighting Hawks were on the table.
But after numerous trips to Fargo, which included attending an NDSU home football game, Skunberg said the decision became clear.
"I think they (NDSU) took into account of how I played for the Blue Jays and that made them want to watch me play AAU basketball," Skunberg said. "It's been my goal to get as high of an offer as possible and I can do that with NDSU."
Skunberg said his future college coaching staff is interested in his development over the next two seasons with the Blue Jays.
"They just want to see me up my game, keep shooting the ball and getting better as a player," Skunberg said.
Jamestown High School is being predicted to win the West Region this season by The Hoopster. Along with Skunberg, the Blue Jays are returning five seniors, including leading scorer and University of Jamestown commit Mason Walters (16.8 points per game).
Practices begin Nov. 19, with Jamestown's first contest slated for Dec. 4 hosting Bismarck St. Mary's at Jerry Meyer Arena. St. Mary's ended Jamestown's season last winter in a loser-out game of the Class A state tournament in Fargo.
"I'm super excited for the season to start," Skunberg said. "We're not worried, we just want to go out and play our game."