Junior joins the elite 1000 point club

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Kate Schumacher

Zierden scored his 1,000th career point in a varsity basketball game against Columbia Heights.

Matt Muenzberg, staff writer

In a 73-57 road win against Columbia Heights on Tuesday, February 15, junior Isaiah Zierden scored his 1,000th career point in a varsity basketball game. Zierden joins a short list of other BSM greats in just his third season and is the only active player on the list.

Zierden is in some elite company in the 1,000 point club, with the most notable member being Jordan Taylor, who is a star point-guard for the University of Wisconsin, among other greats. “It’s an honor to be in their company,” said Zierden.

While its nice to rack up the points and receive individual accolades, Zierden’s goal for his high-school days is more team-oriented. “I don’t have a goal points-wise, I just want to win the state tournament,” said Zierden.

BSM basketball head coach John Moore said that the key to a player reaching the milestone is not just the player himself, but the team as a whole. “He needs to have a good team around him. He needs great players to get him the ball,” said Moore.

Many players shoot for the 1,000 point mark, but Zierden once thought it was unreachable. “I never thought I would reach it, especially as a freshman,” said Zierden.

Although many students in the future may not know the names of the former varsity players, anyone who takes a gym class will know what Zierden accomplished. “You get to have your name hanging in the Haben forever,” said Moore.

Isaiah didn’t get to 1,000 points overnight. It took a lot of hard work, and he credits his dad with helping him improve his game. “You need to work on all parts of your game. Not just the parts you’re good at, but you need to work on your weak areas too,” said Zierden.