Posted On: 11/29/18 10:00 AM

Perham figures to be one of the five or so best teams in Class AA this season thanks to a strong core of returners off a 29-win campaign a season ago. Josh Jeziorski was a key component in that effort and will be a big piece again this winter.

Jeziorski, a 6-foot-4 senior forward, averaged 15 points and nine rebounds as a junior and will take on an even bigger role this year as the Wildcats have their sights set on some high marks.

“We’re really excited to start playing,” said Jeziorski. “We have mostly everyone back. We lost some key seniors but I think we’ve got guys who are ready to step up and be really good. It’s the same every year; we want to get to state, go down there and make a run. We have the guys to do it. We had the guys to do it last year we just came a little short. If we play together and work hard, we can do it. I want to show people that smaller teams up north can make a run down there.”

Jeziorski can be a problem for teams particularly in the area because of his combination of size, athleticism and skill. He’s a strong perimeter shooter but can also handle the ball and drive effectively. He’s very good in transition as a slasher, cutter, shooter and decision-maker. Jeziorski can defend up and down in the lineup and is active on the glass. He’ll play a key role for Perham this winter, producing in a number of areas.

“I think I’ll have more opportunities to score but I want to be able to do a little bit of everything,” Jeziorski said. “Playing AAU was a great preparation for the season because you are playing more scrappy and through more contact. You play with guys you aren’t super familiar with everybody so you have to find a way to make an impact.”

Jeziorski is an intriguing college prospect for all the aforementioned reasons and he’s drawing a lot of interest in several schools in Minnesota and North Dakota.

“I have three offers right now from Mayville, Crookston and Jamestown,” said Jeziorski. “I worked out for MSUM and went on a visit up there. A couple Division IIIs have reached out too. I would say within the next few weeks or month or so, I’d like to have a decision made. I’m still talking it over with my family and trying to figure out which situation is best for me.”