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Maple Grove guard broke scoring record but didn't know for a while
- Article by: DEREK WETMORE
- Star Tribune
- February 12, 2013 - 5:25 PM
Brycen Wojta recently set Maple Grove's career scoring record, but he didn't realize it for a while.
The senior point guard broke the previous record of 1,203 points when he scored 11 points on Jan. 29 at Champlin Park. The four-year varsity basketball player has 1,255 points through last Friday's game.
Wojta said he had no idea until several days later when his team played a home game.
With 156 assists through Friday's game, Wojta also is approaching the school's single-season assist record of 194. It's a record that he says would mean more to him than the career scoring title because he likes getting teammates involved. On the night he broke the scoring record, he had nearly as many assists (10) as points.
Wojta, who also played football for the Crimson, talked recently about what his records mean and his decision to stick with basketball beyond high school.
Q: What did it feel like to break the scoring record?
A: It felt like I contributed to my teammates over the past four years, having really great teammates and being able to have a really good connection with all of them. I've been fortunate to have a good coaching staff and just overall a really good experience with Maple Grove Senior High.
Q: Which do you like more, scoring or dishing it?
A: Personally, I like getting people the ball when they're open, just being able to share the wealth a little bit. I am a point guard. ... So, for sure, I think assists are more valuable.
Q: What about deciding between playing football or basketball in college?
A: I had the opportunity to either play football or basketball next year. I got a couple offers for football and also from basketball. I don't know what level I'll be playing at for basketball yet, but for sure I think I made the right decision going the basketball route.
Q: What's next for you after this season?
A: In the next couple months I'll be making the decision where I want to go for basketball.
Q: What's your favorite basketball memory?
A: I was a sophomore on the varsity team when we were able to make a great run and go to [the] state [tournament]. Being able to play in the Target Center, I would just love to have that opportunity again.
Q: What would you say is the strength of your team?
A: Right now I think our strengths are being able to get [the ball] out in transition and being able to make some defensive stops.
Q: Who is your favorite player?
A: I would have to say Chris Paul because he is just a game-changer with his point guard play. ... Just being able to get his teammates the ball and being able to control the game, he's just so creative with the ways he does it, it's really fun to watch.
Derek Wetmore is a University of Minnesota student reporter on assignment for the Star Tribune.
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