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Winthrop basketball: recruit Bjorn Broman named Parade All-American

Winthrop recruit Bjorn Broman was named Parade All-American late last week. That honor placed the Winthrop program name alongside Duke, Michigan State, Kansas and other blue-blood college basketball programs.
Winthrop recruit Bjorn Broman was named Parade All-American late last week. That honor placed the Winthrop program name alongside Duke, Michigan State, Kansas and other blue-blood college basketball programs. Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com

The list of the 2015 Parade All-American high school basketball team released late last week includes kids headed to the usual upper crust college basketball programs: Kentucky, Kansas, Duke, Michigan State, and so on.

One school sticks out, thanks to Bjorn Broman. Winthrop is in the list for the first time ever, after Broman was named to the team. The Minnesota sharpshooter will join the Eagles for the 2015-16 season after averaging nearly 50 points per contest in the state’s smallest private school classification. Broman’s free-scoring exploits included a 74-point effort in February. With his Howard Pulley AAU team - full of Division I recruits - Broman was more of a distributor.

Broman will be joined in Rock Hill by his older brother, Anders, who is transferring from South Dakota State. It’s not clear yet whether the elder Broman, who holds a number of Minnesota high school basketball state scoring records, will walk-on or earn a scholarship.

Lopez transfers

In a move that slipped under the radar, Winthrop freshman Joseph Lopez has apparently left the program. A Broward Community College tweet late last week welcomed Lopez to the two-year school in South Florida, and Winthrop coach Pat Kelsey confirmed the player’s departure on Monday afternoon.

Originally from South Miami, Lopez returns closer to home after a rookie season at Winthrop that didn’t go as well as hoped. The 6-foot-6, 225-pound forward appeared in 28 games, averaging 9.9 minutes per outing, and three points and 2.5 rebounds.

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