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PHS Boys Basketball: SCSU lands Perham post

Perham's 6'7" senior post Ben Bucholz has verbally committed to play basketball at St. Cloud State.

Ben Bucholz had a lot of choices at his disposal.

The 6-foot-7 Perham senior basketball standout was being recruited by Division I schools North Dakota, North Dakota State and Idaho State, but also had a myriad of NSIC schools after him.

Those schools included Winona State, Bemidji State, Southwest Minnesota State, Mary, Minnesota State-Moorhead and Minnesota-Duluth.

But ultimately, he chose to make a verbal commitment to St. Cloud State after taking a campus visit on Jan. 9. The Huskies will lose 6-8 center Matt Schneck after this season and Bucholz said he'll be given the opportunity to play right away and compete against 6-9 center Jesse Fisher and 6-5 forward Tim Bergstraser for minutes.

"They told me I'd be given the opportunity to play and maybe even start," Bucholz said last week. "I made my final decision right before the visit was over. It feels good to know where I'll be playing."

Bucholz won't sign his national letter of intent until April. St. Cloud State coach Kevin Schlagel can't comment on recruits due to NCAA regulations.

Perham is off to a 11-3 start this season. Bucholz, who weighs in at 220, is the team's leading scorer and rebounder. St. Cloud State started recruiting him during his junior season.

Bucholz played for the St. Cloud Comets Elite in AAU basketball. Two of his teammates were Little Falls' Dan Kornbaum and St. Cloud Tech's Alex Hanks.

Bucholz feels he'll fit in well with St. Cloud State's offensive system.

"I feel comfortable with the coaches and the guys I've talked with. I like their system. Their posts go in and out. I'm that type of guy," Bucholz said. "I'm just hoping to contend for minutes after Matt graduates.

"I have to be a lot more physical -- that's one thing I need to work on. But I think I can get in the weight room and it should come out good."

Bucholz will be a pre-med major at St. Cloud State. Knowing that some Huskies are majoring in pre-med and have already been accepted by some medical schools helped in his decision.

After all, it could've been tempting to stay closer to home at North Dakota State or North Dakota. Basketball wasn't his only option. Bucholz was a star quarterback for the Perham football team.

"NDSU and UND had wanted me since my sophomore year," Bucholz said. "They wanted me for both football and basketball. We made it to the section finals this year in football, but we lost to Pequot Lakes. My sophomore and junior years we made it to the state tournament.

"It was a toss-up where I was going to play. Both St. Cloud State football and basketball were after me. But basketball is what I feel most comfortable with."