By PATRICK SLACK
Upsala’s Christian Pekarek is eager to begin his college basketball career.
Opposing teams are eager to see him start too.
The standout senior point guard will be continuing his basketball career at Bemidji State University, made official with his National Letter of Intent, Wednesday afternoon.
“Bemidji State has a winning tradition,” Pekarek said. “They have a really good basketball program there. I’ve got a really good bond with the coaches, Coach (Mike) Boschee and Coach (Ryan) Montgomery. I just feel like I fit in well there.”
As a player who likes to push the pace, averaging 23 points and 3.2 assists per game last season, Pekarek believes Bemidji will be a great fit.
“I think their style of play is one of the big things,” Pekarek said. “I’m kind of an up-tempo guard who likes to play tough defense. That’s kind of the style they play there, so I thought that fit me pretty well and just the atmosphere of basketball there. They pack the gym and it’s just a fun place.
Pekarek said he also considered a few other Division II and Division III schools before settling on Bemidji State.
One thing he knew from the start, though, was that he wanted to play somewhere.
“I think since I’ve been born I’ve always wanted to play college basketball,” Pekarek said. “Everyone’s dream is to go to the NBA, but college basketball has always been on my mind and it’s just an honor to be going there and I’m blessed with the opportunity.”
Bemidji State went 18-12 in the 2012-2013 season, including 13-9 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.