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Center from Denmark gives Wichita State basketball commitment

Asbjorn Midtgaard averages 10 points and 9.2 rebounds for the Horsholm 79ers.
Asbjorn Midtgaard averages 10 points and 9.2 rebounds for the Horsholm 79ers. Courtesy photo

Wichita State strengthened its future front court with a non-binding commitment from center Asbjorn Midtgaard of Denmark.

Midtgaard (6-foot-11, 264 pounds) said in a text message that he committed to WSU on Tuesday night and plans to sign his letter of intent as soon as possible. He visited WSU last week and watched practice. He also visited TCU.

“It is simple,” he wrote in a text message. “It felt like home. Everyone was so nice and welcoming. And, of course, the playing style fit me perfectly. Physical and tough. It's just my cup of tea. And the guys are all hard workers, and I really like that.”

He averages 10 points and 9.2 rebounds for the Horsholm 79ers. Last summer, he played in tournaments in the United States. WSU assistant coach Kyle Lindsted visited Denmark during the recruiting process.

“As a legit seven foot center, he is incredibly strong, and enjoys the physicality of playing in the post,” wrote Randy Miller of slamonline.com. “Midtgaard also used his foot work and strength to establish position offensively, and fight for rebounds. Midtgaard’s offensive game is a work in progress, but he showed flashes of its development.”

The City of Basketball Love recruiting service described him as: “More than just a mountain of a man, Midtgaard is mobile and active, still somewhat learning the game but with a promising future. He’s communicative on the defensive end, extremely active in post-up situations offensively and does a great job of kicking out to shooters and re-posting to establish better positioning.”

Midtgaard joins Hutchinson Community College sophomore guard Samajae Haynes-Jones in WSU’s 2017 recruiting class. Haynes-Jones, who played at East High, plans to sign on Wednesday afternoon.

The addition of Midtgaard gives WSU a young big man to fit next season with current juniors Shaq Morris, Darral Willis and Rauno Nurger.

Paul Suellentrop: 316-269-6760, @paulsuellentrop

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