Cross-town basketball athletes join together to share their similaritiesFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - They've been standouts on the local varsity hoop scene for four years, record setting, award winning players who'll both stay in the metro area for their college ball.
By: Trevor Peterson, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - They've been standouts on the local varsity hoop scene for four years, record setting, award winning players who'll both stay in the metro area for their college ball.
Tonight, WDAY 6's Trevor Peterson gets Shanley's A.J. Jacobson and Moorhead's Aaron Lien to do something they never did in high school, share the court at the same time.
Trevor Peterson, WDAY Sports: “AJ, you scored over two thousand points in your high school career, Aaron you scored nearly 19 hundred. At what point did you realize you were great players?”
AJ Jacobson, 2,002 Career Pts. (ND “A” Record): “I would probably say my junior year I finally got to the point where I was good enough to say I was the go-to guy at Shanley.”
Aaron Lien, 1,886 Career Pts. (Spuds Record): “My sophomore year, our first game of the year was at Alexandria and I had a pretty good game. Think that gave me the confidence.”
Peterson: “5th, 6th grade, junior high; Did you guys dominate as much as you did in high school?”
Lien: “Not as much but could definitely tell I was the go-to guy. I almost grew up being a hockey player, but switched over to basketball.”
Jacobson: “I think you made the right choice.”
Lien: “Yeah, that's true.”
Jacobson: “My mom, I grew up with basketball, a ball in my hand all the time. I felt when I was young, I was shooting left handed on the left side of the basket unlike the other kids because my Mom was yelling at me if I didn't.”
Peterson: “Say your team is down a point, final seconds of the game, your team has the ball.”
Jacobson: “I usually like to come up and do a little hesitation, cross and pull up at the elbow.”
Lien: “My move is really similar, actually just the opposite of his, a little in-out dribble. See if I can get by the guy and if I can't, I'll just pull up. If I can, I'll just go to the hoop.”
Peterson: “Are you guys aware of the bond you have, in a way? One a Minnesota guy, one a North Dakota guy. Standouts, staying in town for college.”
Lien: “Think a lotta people in the area make comparisons to us. Our games are very similar. Being two local kids, right across the Red River and staying in town for college ball, that'll continue.”
Peterson: “How often have you guys guarded each other?”
Lien: “This summer playing against AJ at the NDSU team camp versus Shanley. That was such a great game. I felt like me and AJ were just going at it. One guy would make a shot then the other guy would right back down the court.”
Peterson: “So basically you both need to work on your defense?”
Jacobson: “That's probably true.”
Lien: “Yeah, that's probably true, yeah.”
Lien finished as the Spuds all-time scoring leader; Jacobson tops in North Dakota Class A history.