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Paul  Jesperson

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Merrill, Wis.

High School:
Merrill

Height / Weight:
6-6 / 197

Position:
G

04/15/2013

Paul Jesperson Leaving Virginia Basketball Program

Sophomore guard to transfer after two seasons

03/24/2013

'Hoos Take Another Step Toward New York

By Jeff White (jwhite@virginia.edu)

03/24/2013

'Hoos Take Another Step Toward New York

By Jeff White (jwhite@virginia.edu)

03/17/2013

Virginia Battles Norfolk State in NIT First Round Action

Cavaliers entertain the Spartans in first round action on March 19 at JPJ

03/15/2013

Early Exit Leaves Cavaliers in Limbo

By Jeff White (jwhite@virginia.edu)

03/27/2013

Men's Basketball NIT vs. Iowa (by Matt Riley)

Men's Basketball NIT vs. Iowa (by Matt Riley)

03/19/2013

Men's Basketball NIT vs. NSU (by Matt Riley)

Men's Basketball NIT vs. NSU (by Matt Riley)

03/19/2013

Virginia vs. Norfolk State - AP Photos

NIT First Round

03/15/2013

Men's Basketball ACC vs. NC State (by Matt Riley)

Men's Basketball ACC vs. NC State (by Matt Riley)

03/10/2013

Men's Basketball vs. Maryland

Virginia defeated Maryland 61-58

WORTH NOTING
• Started 33 of 35 games in 2012-13
•Tallied a career-high 12 points on four three-pointers at Maryland (2/10/13)
•Played in 21 games as a freshman in 2011-12 and scored 31 points with 17 rebounds
• Scored a season-high seven points, had a season-high three assists and tied his season high with three rebounds at Virginia Tech (2/21/12)
• Named the Wisconsin Associated Press and Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior at Merrill High School
• Two-time All-State and three-time All-Conference selection in high school
• Finished his high school career as Merrill High School's all-time leading scorer with 1,696 points and made a school-record 96 consecutive starts
• Averaged 22.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.8 steals a game as a high school senior in 2010-11

AT VIRGINIA

2012-13 SEASON
• Played 35 games and started 33 games
• Averaged 4.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game
• Shot 36.1 percent from the field, 37 percent from 3-point range and 78.6 percent from the free-throw line
• Scored a career-high 12 points on a career-best four 3-pointers at Maryland (2/10/13)
• Set career highs in rebounds (7) and steals (3) vs. Boston College (1/26/13)
• Recorded a career-high five assists vs. Seattle (11/17/12)
• Scored 11 points vs. Morgan State (12/19/12)
• Tallied nine points, five rebounds, two blocked shots and one steal vs. Lamar (11/19/12)
• Made at least one 3-pointer in 12 consecutive games from Feb. 3-March 15
• Made three of more 3-pointers in five games
• Lettered

2011-12 SEASON
• Originally planned to redshirt, not playing in the first 11 games, before playing in the final 21 games of the season
• Scored 31 points and had 17 rebounds during the season
• Averaged 10.5 minutes played a game
• Scored three points vs. Florida in the NCAA Tournament (3/16/12)
• Had three points vs. #7 North Carolina (2/25/12)
• Scored a season-high seven points, tied a season high with three rebounds and had a season-high three assists at Virginia Tech (2/21/12)
• Had three points and tied a season high with three rebounds vs. Maryland (2/18/12)
• Grabbed a season-high three rebounds and had his first career block vs. Wake Forest (2/8/12)
• Scored six points and had two rebounds at Georgia Tech (1/19/12)
• Had two points at #8 Duke (1/12/12)
• Scored two points vs. Miami (1/7/12)
• Made collegiate debut vs. Maryland-Eastern Shore (12/27/12), scoring five points
• Lettered

HIGH SCHOOL

• Lettered four times in basketball at Merrill High School for head coach Kurt Soderberg
• Named the Wisconsin Associated Press and Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior at Merrill High School
• Two-time first-team All-State and three-time first-team All-Wisconsin Valley Conference selection in high school
• Wausau Daily Herald Co-Player of the Year and the WJFW Newswatch 12 Player of the Year
• Finished his high school career as Merrill High School's all-time leading scorer with 1,696 points and made a school-record 96 consecutive starts
• Averaged 22.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.8 steals a game as a senior in 2010-11
• Made 45.5 percent (196-431) of his shots from the field, including 36.8 percent (63-171) from three-point range, and shot 81.5 percent (176-216) from the free-throw line
• Merrill reached the state championship Division 2 title game in 2011
• McDonald's All-American nominee
• Participated in the Jack Jones Shootout in Miami, Fla., and had five points and two rebounds
• Averaged 20.5 points and 10.1 rebounds a game as a junior in 2009-10 and was Merrill's Offensive Most Valuable Player
• Attended the 2010 NBA Players Association Top 100 Camp
• Averaged 15.6 points and 7.8 rebounds a game as a sophomore in 2008-09 and was Merrill's Offensive Most Valuable Player
• Averaged 9.7 points and 4.4 rebounds a game as a freshman and earned honorable mention All-Conference recognition

PERSONAL
• Paul David Jesperson
• Parents are Flori and James Jesperson
• Has three older sisters, two older brothers and one younger brother
• Involved with Link Crew Make A Difference Day
• Enjoys fishing and hunting

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