Fargo, ND – We are back for another player spotlight article from the Bison Basketball Team. The Bison have a “new look” team with plenty of fresh faces on the squad. The two names that everyone will know are Boden Skunberg and Grant Nelson. They are both juniors and both are prep stars from North Dakota. Bison fans are in for a treat this season, Skunberg and Nelson should be the “go-to” guys for the green and gold. You have to be excited when local players are the #1 and #2 options at your local university! The Bison coaching staff is great at preaching and coaching togetherness and their players always compete. Expect that to be no different this season and for Boden Skunberg to be one of the top Bison players in 2022-2023.
As we mentioned above, Skunberg will be one of the best players for NDSU this season. Boden has plenty of playing experience under his belt, so do not expect him to look like a deer in the headlights early in the season. As a sophomore, Skunberg played in every game but one and started 12 games. The star from Jamestown averaged 5.9 points and 3.4 boards per game. As a freshman, Skunberg played in 19 games.
Paul Seville, founder of Dakota Schoolers had this to say about Skunberg
“Boden is a great basketball player and even a better young man. He is a humble and quiet athlete who works hard every day.”
It is going to be a fun & memorable start to the season when the Bison play at Arkansas and at Kansas. NDSU will be making memories that will last a lifetime. Game 1 and game 2 vs Power 5 teams. Allen Fieldhouse, James Naismith Court, and the “PHOG“, it does not get any better than that!
Skunberg is a big, strong, and athletic guard. His ability to compete defensively is what got him on the court as a young player and now as a junior, he will be looked at as a D-stopper. On offense, Skunberg can put up points from all levels. He is effective at catching and shooting from beyond the arc. Skunberg can also do work with his pull-up game going left and right. When defenders close out too hard, Skunberg can also rip, and attack the basket with athleticism. Boden is a physical and consistent rebounder. I am going to predict that Skunberg is one of the top defenders in the Summit and he averages in the neighborhood of 10 ppg, 5 rpg, and 2.5 apg.
Look for Skunberg to be asked to lock-up top guards on a nightly basis. He plays hoops with a great work ethic and he can shoot the cover off the ball. I expect his role on the offensive end to expand this season. Look for Boden to increase his scoring numbers and for him to create well for others. The Bison could use him as they did with Sam Griesel in the past seasons. I think every fan would be ok with that…
Let’s take a quick look back at Boden’s high school days at Jamestown…As a freshman, he started on varsity. As a sophomore, Boden helped lead Jamestown to the State Tournament. As a junior, he led the Blue Jays to a perfect season and a State Championship. As a senior, Skunberg dealt with some injuries off and on but Jamestown still made it to State. That was the “COVID Year” where the tournament was called off halfway through. During his high school career, Boden was named to the All-State Team twice. In his senior season, Skunberg averaged 28 ppg and 11 rpg, he was also named Gatorade Player of the Year in North Dakota.
Jamestown head coach, Jacoby Lloyd had this to say about Skunberg and his impact on the JHS basketball program
“Boden has meant a lot to where our basketball program is now and how competitive we have become as a program in the WDA. Not only has he rewritten a lot of our individual records in scoring and rebounding but he helped establish a level of work ethic and dedication inside and outside of the gym. He not only was one of the hardest workers during practice, but he would stay after practice and continue working on small aspects of his game and younger players would start to copy that work ethic he established, and it has continued since he graduated. He also comes back during the NDSU off-season and either works out at the high school or comes back during the season and watches one of our games and stays connected with the current players. That means a lot to me and current players that grew up watching him compete at Jamestown High School.“
Director of ND Phenom, Jordan Maurer comments on Skungberg as a high school player
“As a high school player, much like most Summit League level players who play in the WDA, he was playing against people that mostly had no chance of guarding him. Early in his career he was almost exclusively a slasher but added a really nice middle game going both ways with step-back options as he got deep into his sophomore year. As a junior and senior, he was basically able to get what shot he wanted when he wanted to get it and was a very high-level rebounder and defender.”