Last week, Lakeview Christian Academy senior basketball superstar Anders Broman became the first player in Minnesota history to surpass 4,500 points in a career.
In my varsity career, I didn't dribble 4,500 times.
What Broman has done over time simply may never be surpassed. And for that matter, may never be seen again.
That's why I'm as excited as a kid at Christmas to watch the Division-I recruit come to town, when the Lions meet the Lumberjacks at Cloquet High School tonight at 7:15 p.m.
Broman, who will attend South Dakota State University next year, has been playing on varsity since seventh grade. Watching him the past several seasons, he's as smooth a right-handed shooter you'll find this side of Hinckley.
Or Minneapolis. Or Minnesota. Or the United States.
"I've seen him listed as one of the top shooters in the country," said Cloquet senior forward Aaron Johnson. "He can shoot off a screen, or the dribble. He's a pure-shooter."
Johnson, who moved to Cloquet from Rochester this season, played Amateur Athletic Union basketball along with Broman for the Howard Pulley League in the Twin Cities last summer. There, Johnson said Broman contributed nicely.
"Anders can score a lot, but he also knows what to do with the basketball and when to do it," said Johnson. "He was kind of quiet [in AAU], but opened up pretty well."
Lumberjacks Coach Steve Battaglia, who ranks second in Cloquet history with 1,667 career points, said the 6-foot-2 Broman is very talented.
Already the state's all-time leading scorer, Broman is on current pace to graduate high school with 5,000-plus points.
"A lot of people think he plays a weak schedule," Battaglia said, "but I've seen him live - he's legitimate.
"And you'd think he'd take 57 shots a game, but he's such an unselfish player," Battaglia continued. "He's as good an athlete as you'll find. We've had some good players up here before, but he's near the top. He's a once-in-a-lifetime type."
Cloquet (8-7) sports a different type of roster than the Class A Lions (10-7), with a distinct size advantage inside. Battaglia said they'll give Broman multiple looks in hope of keeping the 40-plus point-per-night player in check.
"We've got the size advantage on them," said Cloquet junior Maxx Brenner, who guarded Broman for the first time during summer league. "But he's the state's all-time leading scorer. We can't leave him, but just have to try and contain him. He won't hit every shot that he takes. We hope not."