By Zack Shaw (@zshawny)
Saint Anselm University captured its eighth Northeast-10 Conference Championship in 2016 but suffered an upset in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. This coming season they hope to advance by adding Global Squad alum Gustav Lie Suhr-Jessen.
Gustav offers many valuable combination of physical and mental abilities to his new team. He stands 6’6, is a versatile scorer, and his high basketball IQ makes him a great teammate and a coach’s dream.
Assistant Coach Chris Santo expressed firmly that Gustav has a chance to be a significant contributor from day one: “We think Gustav has a chance to be a 4-year starter for us. We’re very excited to get him in here.”
Gustav’s enviable high school basketball resume includes four years on the Danish National Team from 2013-2016. During the 2015 season, he served as captain and was a top 10 scorer in the Scania Cup (Nordic Championship for club teams). Not only can Gustav score, but he is a proven winner. He led his team to win the U22 Danish Championship, won the Danish Gymnasium Basketball Tournament three years running, and won several smaller Danish tournaments such as the Amager Cup and Stenhus Cup.
Gustav’s basketball versatility was on full display as a member of Global Squad as he played multiple positions. Gustav usually plays a two or three but was given point guard duties for most of the season. Despite the change of position Gustav flourished as a player and provided crucial leadership for the entire team.
He had his highest scoring game with 15 points to go along with 6 dimes against Lonnie Walker’s former squad, Reading High School. He also recorded a double-double versus LL Runnin’ Rebels with 12 points and 10 boards. He led Team Denmark in assists with 36, had 12 steals, grabbed 71 rebounds, while shooting 49% from the field for the season.
We’re expecting big things from this talented Danish wing. Good luck, Gustav!