Paul Jesperson

Paul Jesperson (born December 2, 1992) is an American basketball player for Unión Financiera Baloncesto Oviedo of the Spanish LEB Oro. He played college basketball for the Northern Iowa Panthers.

Paul Jesperson
Personal information
Born (1992-12-02) December 2, 1992 (age 28)
Merrill, Wisconsin
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High schoolMerrill (Merrill, Wisconsin)
NBA draft2016 / Undrafted
Playing career2016–present
PositionShooting guard / Small forward
Career history
2016Rio Grande Valley Vipers
Career highlights and awards
  • MVC All-Newcomer Team (2015)

College careerEdit

Jesperson attended Merrill High School where he became the schools all-time leading scorer.[1] Jesperson attended the University of Virginia for two years before transferring to the University of Northern Iowa.[2][3]

In an NCAA tournament game versus the sixth-seeded University of Texas Jesperson hit a half-court buzzer beating shot to win the game.[4][5] The shot was featured in the 2016 edition of One Shining Moment.

Freshman seasonEdit

Jesperson averaged 10.5 minutes, 1.5 points, 0.8 rebounds, and 0.2 assists per game.[6]

Sophomore seasonEdit

Jesperson averaged 25.7 minutes, 4.7 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 0.9 assists per game.[6]

Junior seasonEdit

Jesperson averaged 18.2 minutes, 5.9 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 0.3 assists per game.[6]

Senior seasonEdit

Jesperson averaged 30.3 minutes, 10.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 0.9 assists per game.[6] In the Round of 64, he made a buzzer beater from half court to beat Texas 75-72.

Professional careerEdit

After going undrafted in the 2016 NBA draft, Jesperson signed with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League on October 31, 2016.[7] On November 15, he made his professional debut in a 152–128 win over the Maine Red Claws, playing two minutes off the bench.[8] Seven days later, he was waived by the Vipers.[9] On November 30, Jesperson signed with Spanish team Oviedo CB until the end of the 2016–17 season.[10][11] In January 2017, he won with the club the Copa Princesa de Asturias.


  1. ^ VanTryon, Matthew. "This isn't the first time UNI's Paul Jesperson has been a buzzer-beating hero". SportingNews. Retrieved March 27, 2016.
  2. ^ "Paul Jesperson transfers to N. Iowa". ESPN. Retrieved March 27, 2016.
  3. ^ Skurzewski, Mitchell. "Paul Jesperson caps career in tourney". Wausau Daily Herald. Retrieved March 27, 2016.
  4. ^ Staples, Andy. "One Shining Shot: Jesperson adds latest buzzer beater to UNI lore". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved March 27, 2016.
  5. ^ Trotter, Jake. "Inside Paul Jesperson's miracle heave that lifted UNI, stunned Texas". ESPN. Retrieved March 27, 2016.
  6. ^ a b c d "Paul Jesperson Statistics". Washington Post. Retrieved March 27, 2016.
  7. ^ Chagollan, Anwar (October 31, 2016). "Vipers perform trade with Erie and finalize training camp roster". Retrieved December 8, 2016.
  8. ^ "Wiltjer Leads Vipers' Offensive Onslaught". November 15, 2016. Retrieved December 8, 2016.
  9. ^ "RGV Vipers Acquire Forward Chris Johnson". November 23, 2016. Retrieved December 9, 2016.
  10. ^ "El Unión Financiera Oviedo incorpora a Paul Jesperson". (in Spanish). November 30, 2016. Retrieved November 30, 2016.
  11. ^ Skurzewski, Mitchell A. (December 2, 2016). "Merrill native signs pro basketball deal". Retrieved December 2, 2016.

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