The Bison men's basketball team currently sits in a tie for first in the Summit league. The team has the potential to rival the best of any NDSU basketball team in history. Also making history …is senior center Marshall Bjorklund.
At six-foot-eight and 250 pounds it's not likely you'd miss Marshall Bjorklund any way….But his production on the basketball court is what should grab your attention.
"You're not going to find a center that has put up the numbers that he has.", says head coach Saul Phillips. "If he's not leading the nation in field goal percentage he's close to it. When he goes 5-for-10 it feels like he's in a shooting slump. That's telling you something."
Bjorklund is shooting just over 65 percent right now and averaging 15 points a game. Having started every game in his career with the Bison - that's consistency the Herd values.
"Ever since my freshman year that was kind of a big point for us to throw the ball inside no matter whose in there and that just happened to be me. So that's something I'm familiar with", says Bjorklund.
Teammate Mike Felt agrees. "He was like that in high school too. I played against him in high school every year and he'd make 75% of his shots down low."
While it maybe wasn't quite 75% -- Bjorklund did set records in points, rebounds and blocks at his high school and now in his final season with the Bison - he's primed for the history books again according to his coach.
"Marshall's going to graduate from here one of the best centers to have ever played at NDSU," says Phillips. "You don't get many more steady low post performers than him. He's always there for us. He's been our rock. He's been our foundation. I'd take ten Marshall's on my team. He's just a special kid."
Bjorklund says he's honored with the recognition - but his plans for this season far surpass any individual accolade.