Athlete of the Week: Matt Wendorff

Princeton Tiger basketball fans learned something new Wednesday, Dec. 29 during the Princeton Holiday Tournament.

The Tigers don’t have three scoring threats on their roster. They have four.

Add Matt Wendorff to the scoring machine of John Jedneak, Joss Jondahl and Jack Sinkel.

The junior center is playing his first year of varsity basketball for the Tigers. Last Wednesday against Hermantown, Wendorff lit up the scoreboard with the best game of his basketball career, scoring 22 points. He was 10 for 12 from the floor and connected on 2 of his three free throw attempts. He also pulled down two rebounds that night.

A night later against a tough Big Lake squad, Wendorff scored 12 points. He made five of six field goal attempts and was 2-for-2 from the free throw line. He had five rebounds against Big Lake.

“Matt played real well for us,” said coach Eric Bjurman.

With Jondahl away from the team during the tourney while visiting family for the holidays, it was Wendorff who stepped in to fill the shoes at center.

“We talked to him about going strong for the basketball. He did a good job of attacking the basketball,” Bjurman said.

Even though this season is Wendorff’s first at the varsity level, he has been no stranger on the court for the Tigers.

He has started three or four games, switching up with Thomas Klaphake. When the Tigers are looking to go with a two-post lineup, Wendorff gets the start. If an opponent calls for a four-guard lineup, Klaphake gets the call.

Wendorff is a strong rebounder and does a good job pulling in rebounds, his coach says.

“He really takes to coaching. He takes what we say to heart and does his best to be the good ball player he has become,” Bjurman said.

For that, Wendorff is the Union-Eagle’s athlete of the week.