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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Boschee’s allegiance firmly with Jayhawks

N. Dakota native not going for upset

Barstow head coach Jeff Boschee, a former standout at Kansas University, gets after his team in the locker room during halftime of the Barstow School's 64-33 victory over Seabury Academy. Boschee is in his first year as head coach of the Knights.

Barstow head coach Jeff Boschee, a former standout at Kansas University, gets after his team in the locker room during halftime of the Barstow School's 64-33 victory over Seabury Academy. Boschee is in his first year as head coach of the Knights.

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Native North Dakotan Jeff Boschee is thrilled North Dakota State University has advanced to the NCAA Tournament in its first year of Div. I postseason eligibility.

“I was excited when they won their conference tournament and was hoping they’d upset somebody (in NCAAs). After I saw they were playing KU ... I don’t want them to upset anybody,” former Kansas University shooting guard Boschee said with a laugh.

The most prolific three-point shooter in KU history has a bunch of buddies who attended N.D. State, which is located in Fargo, just 55 miles from Boschee’s childhood home of Valley City.

“Right when they announced it (on Sunday), I got some texts from friends who went to school there and live in Minneapolis now,” Boschee said of the site of Friday’s 11:30 a.m. battle between KU and the Bison.

“They’re talking about how it’ll be a home game (for Bison). I read somewhere they sold 12,000 seats in the first two or three hours. A lot of people in North Dakota are excited, especially since it’s their first time in the Big Dance.”

Boschee, who has a 43-9 record in his two seasons as boys basketball coach at The Barstow (Mo.) School, was recruited a bit by N.D. State. As a high Div. I prospect, however, he never considered N.D. State or University of North Dakota, where his brother, Mike, starred.

“Other than going to their camp, I have no ties to the school (N.D. State),” said Boschee, named Mr. North Dakota Basketball in 1998. “I think KU will be fine. They (Bison) have fifth-year seniors and one really good guard.

“KU has many guards and Cole (Aldrich) in the middle. We need to match their intensity because you know North Dakota State will be fired up and ready to go. I’m sure coach (Bill) Self will have them focused after the Baylor game (last Thursday’s loss) and play with intensity like they did in every single game they won.”

Boschee who is KU’s career leader in three points made (338), has fallen to No. 2 on the Big 12’s all-time charts.

Texas shooting guard A.J. Abrams passed Boschee late this season.

“It was inevitable it (would) get broken. He’s a great shooter and has the green light. He’s an excellent player,” Boschee said of Abrams.

Boschee, 29, not only is a high school coach, but also runs the Jeff Boschee Basketball Academy. He holds camps throughout the state of Kansas.

He will marry KU grad Jamie Simpson in August. For information on The Jeff Boschee Basketball Academy, check the Web site jboscheeacademy.com.

Comments

dcmander 10 years, 10 months ago

Jeff hit a lot of big threes for us..i loved watching him play. I wonder if he has ever promised his team that he will shave his head if they win the state title =-O

ku98 10 years, 10 months ago

I remember meeting him at Robinson when he was a freshman, summer of 1998.
It was like he never missed a three at practice. Great shooter! and a nice guy.

Lance Hobson 10 years, 10 months ago

Awesome, I was waiting for a story about Boschee when I saw who we were playing. He is one of my all time favorites, an absolutely fearless shooter. He got us back to the Final 4 with that mentality because he didn't freeze up in the big games like previously highly seeded KU teams did in the mid 90s.

Michael Pannacciulli 10 years, 10 months ago

Yea he's seemingly doing ok as a coach too. College ranks should be in his future very soon!

Scott Oswalt 10 years, 10 months ago

Boschee was an incredible player. Good to hear his high school team is doing well. Our bulldogs use to play together. Really cool guy.

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