Posted On: 10/21/18 4:00 PM

St. Peter’s been down in recent years, winning just seven games last season. The Saints have hope going into this season because they’ve got Wyatt Olson, one of the better bigs in southern Minnesota.

Olson, a 6-foot-5 junior, spent the grassroots season playing up with MN Rise where he showed an impressive ability to score inside and outside while impacting the game on the defensive end.

“It was a great experience,” Olson said of the AAU season. “I’ve known coach Kettner for a long time and getting to play for him and Coach Slick was awesome. It was a great group of guys to play with.”

Olson sought out the opportunity to test himself against elite competition and shined.

“Playing against the best players in the state makes you improve immensely,” said Olson. “Your weaknesses get exposed and you are able to find out what you have to work on. Also the speed of the game is hard to replicate. Every weekend you are going against a school’s best players and it helps you improve your all-around game.

“I thought my all around game improved, from defense to scoring and decision making. Playing with great teammates like I did makes a huge difference as they were able to put me in positions to be successful. I thought I had a great summer in the post as well as shooting from the perimeter.”

Olson said the biggest area of his game he wants to continue to improve is his overall defense but in particular his interior defense.

“I am hoping to play in college regardless of the division,” Olson said. “It would be awesome to play beyond high school. I’m not that far along in the recruiting process but you can’t worry about that. If you play your game, people will find you.”

The Saints only won seven games last year but Olson is back, as is a solid core of experienced and talented athletes. The expectations won’t necessarily be to win the conference or advance to state, but St. Peter should be much improved.

“I’m looking forward to the high school season,” said Olson. “We have a tight-knit group and have been playing together since youth ball. We’ve got a good group and obviously we want to improve our record. It was a great summer for us and we’re looking forward to taking the floor.”