Rhinelander’s Brianna Jorgensen handles the basketball in the post against Tomahawk during a Great Northern Conference girls’ basketball game Feb. 3 at the Jim Miazga Community Gymnasium in Rhinelander. Jorgensen, a 6-2 senior has verbally committed to play college basketball at the University of Upper Iowa. (River News file photo)
11/10/2012 7:30:00 AM Jorgensen commits to Upper Iowa Hodags' 6-2 senior center choses D-II school
RHS senior Brianna Jorgensen will sign her National Letter of Intent to play women's college basketball at Division II Upper Iowa University Nov. 14. The signing will take place at 2:45 p.m. in the Superior Diesel Classroom at Rhinelander High School.
As the River Newsfirst reported in September, Jorgensen committed to Upper Iowa after a campus visit. Jorgensen will miss the 2012 season for RHS after tearing her ACL in the offseason.
Read more about Jorgensen's signing in the Nov. 15 edition of the River News
9/25/2012, 7:30 a.m.
Rhinelander High School girls' basketball player Brianna Jorgensen has verbally committed to Upper Iowa University following a visit to the campus last week.
Jorgensen, a 6-2 center, had received interest from other schools, including Division I Cleveland State of the Horizon League, but decided that the D-II school in Fayette, Iowa was the right fit.
"I just absolutely fell in love with the atmosphere of the campus and met the team and everything," Jorgensen told the River News Sunday. "I got along really well with the team compared to other schools that I've been to and I just loved the campus and how small it was. Cleveland State was a little bit huge and I felt like I could get lost. (At) Upper Iowa, I feel comfortable where I could find my classes and get help from my teachers if I needed it."
Her new varsity basketball coach, Mark Jacboson, was quick to praise Jorgensen.
"It's very exciting, I'm very happy for her to get this opportunity," he said. "She's very dedicated to the sport. She's got a great work ethic and she's the kid where you have ask her to leave when practice is over, because she'll grab the basketball and keep working."
Jorgensen said she visited Cleveland State in August and had also received interest from UW-Oshkosh, UW-Superior, Lawrence University, Clark University and Morris University.
Jorgensen toured the UIU campus this Thursday through Saturday with her father, Glenn, and had a chance to hit the court with some of her future teammates.
"I went to an open gym with the girls this weekend, played against them," she said. "After that, the coach sat down and talked with me and my dad and offered a scholarship and I accepted."
Jorgensen was a first-team All-GNC selection her sophomore season and a second-team choice last year. She averaged 12.5 points and 4.1 rebounds per game in the Great Northern Conference last season.
Jorgensen said the UIU coaches project her as a center or a power forward.
"She brings a good dominant inside force and teams have to respect that and have to game plan around that," Jacobson said. "She's definitely a tremendous asset to the team."
The earliest Jorgensen can sign her national letter of intent is Nov. 14, nine days before the Lady Hodags open their season at the D.C. Everest tournament.
Jorgensen said she's glad she'll have her college decision finialized before her senior season begins.
"It is a huge relief," she said. "I get to focus more on playing the game and winning, compared to having to worry about coaches watching me. I don't have to worry about calling coaches and impressing anyone, I can just play the game, focus on winning and that's what I want to do. I want to win the GNC this year."
The UIU Peacocks are a member of the Northern Sun Interscholastic Conference and went 3-23 in 2011-12.
Jeremy Mayo may be reached at email@example.com.
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