Asbjorn Midtgaard has accepted a scholarship offer to play for Wichita State University. Asbjorn will begin his freshmen season for the mid-major powerhouse in the fall of 2017.
Wichita State University head coach, Gregg Marshall said of the signing,”Asbjorn possesses two important qualities that you look for in a post player: hustle and muscle. Obviously the first thing about Asbjorn that jumps out at you is his size. He’s 7-feet and a chiseled 270, even though he’s only been lifting weights for about six months now. But we were equally impressed by his charisma, both as a player and a person, and his passion for the game of basketball. He’s developed a nice skillset around the basket and is getting better by the day.”
Coach Marshall couldn’t have said it better. “Hustle and muscle” is right. In his one season with Global Squad, Asbjorn was a match-up nightmare for opponents. He led the team in points (10.5) and rebounds (8.9). He also finished 2nd in field-goal percentage (.602) and blocks (1.3). Asbjorn’s best game came vs Quakers when he tallied 24 points, 11 rebounds, and shot 11-for-16 from the field. He also had 20 points, 11 rebounds, and shot 9-for-12 vs MD Elite. Asbjorn grabbed a career high 16 rebounds vs Athlete Plus and added 16 points.
Asbjorn received recruiting interest from nearly every coach that saw Global Squad play this summer. It’s not hard to understand why. As Coach Marshall said, Asbjorn is a 7-footer and chiseled. He moves well around the hoop and runs the floor.
However, the most exciting part of Coach Marshall’s quote is the last thing he said. Asbjorn “is getting better by the day.” This is the truth and has everything to do with Asbjorn’s unparalleled work ethic. During the Global Squad season we held optional early morning workouts for any player that wanted to get extra work. Asbjorn was one of only two players that showed up every single day.
Despite the fact that Asbjorn is built like a mountain, he showed up everyday to get better. Despite the fact that he already had several scholarship offers, he got up at 6 a.m. for extra reps. Asbjorn doesn’t just rely on his natural gifts. He’s dedicated and has a chance to be one of the best big-men in the NCAA before leaving Wichita State University.
The Shockers got a great addition to their 2017-18 roster. Maybe he’ll help them flirt with another perfect season in the coming years.