Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Northland basketball fans may very well know the Anders Broman they see on the court, but to truly understand the story of the Lakeview Christian Academy senior, you do have to go back a ways.
"When he was a little boy, John would strategically place balls in front of him," Broman's mother, Jill, said. "Anders was in to trucks and airplanes. It didn't matter if it was a football, baseball, or a basketball because Anders would just go right by them with his airplane."
Eventually he picked up basketball, and he was instantly hooked. As big as the sport grows in his life, though, Broman does strive to maintain perspective.
"Family is more important than basketball," Anders said. "They're such a big part of my basketball that they kind of go together. Sometimes I like to say basketball is more important than school, but that doesn't really work out."
For Broman, a senior at Lakeview Christian Academy, it's actually come to a point where basketball and education are, in fact, more hand-in-hand than ever before.
"To have 20 Division I offers or to be able to go to 20 different schools all over the country to look at them," Anders said, "I would never had this opportunity without basketball."
It's literally buckets of recruiting material. At its height, Broman was opening four or five letters per day. Now he's signed with South Dakota State, and everyone is happy that it's over.
"I'm just excited to get back to playing," Anders said, "and forget about all the college stuff."
"We haven't looked back," Jill said. "We know it's the right decision, as far as [Anders] going to South Dakota State. It's felt good as a family."
"He's fitting in with the right school," Broman's younger brother, Bjorn, said. "He likes it, and now that he's committed and will be there for four years, it's a good feeling."
Those good feelings about what lies ahead are tempered a bit for the Broman brothers when they stop to think about what they must leave behind.
"It's kind of bittersweet," Anders said, "because I'm excited to go out there and start a new chapter of my life, but, at the same time, I'm sad because I don't want this chapter to end yet."
"They're inseparable," Jill said of the brothers. "So it's going to be a big adjustment, and I would think even for Anders it'll be different not to have Bjorn."
It will be weird, too, for the family not to have Anders. But they've prepared him well for college, and his father will always be there with a few words of wisdom.
"Work as hard as you can, and stay humble," John Broman advised his college-bound son. "Hopefully that stays with him."