PART TWO: The Story of LCA's Ballin' Broman

By KBJR News 1

November 23, 2012 Updated Nov 23, 2012 at 6:42 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Even as he's poised to take over control of the all-time Minnesota high school basketball career scoring record, Lakeview Christian Academy senior Anders Broman says that's not his primary goal as he enters the 2012-13 season.

"Basketball only lasts for so long, and when I'm done I don't want to have any regrets," Anders said. "I just want to have worked as hard as I could."

That hard work will likely turn him into the state's all-time leading scorer, but that's an accomplishment even his family hesitates to talk about until it's his.

"It's not everything," Broman's younger brother, Bjorn, said, "but to have him get the all-time Minnesota scoring record, that'd be pretty cool."

"If it happens, you never know, but I'd have to bring it back to my team and my coaches," Anders said. "I couldn't have done it without them."

"He doesn't want to talk about it," Broman's mother, Jill, said. "We don't really talk about it as a family."

Minus the Bromans, plenty of people are talking about the career Anders has put together.

He has 3,834 points headed into his senior year, putting him just 252 points shy of the all-time Minnesota record.

"In a whole career," Bjorn said, "to have that many points and still be unselfish and be a leader for the team, it's crazy what he's done."

To be this good, you have to work, and Broman does just that.

Five days a week during the off-season, he starts his afternoons with off-the-court conditioning at Impact Sports Training in Duluth, Minn.

"It just gives you a whole bunch of confidence on the court because you're faster and stronger," Anders said. "It just gives you a lot of confidence, and it helps everything else."

"Anders has done outstanding with us, both in terms of work ethic and discipline," Impact Sports Training owner Chris Bell said. "He's a good person, very humble. He's just an outstanding kid all around."

On the court, and Broman's regimen isn't any less strenuous.

He averages 400 makes per day in the off-season. He does that six times a week, which adds up to 2,400 made baskets per week for Anders Broman.

Combine those two workouts with a third six days out of the week, and add that to the everyday rigors of being a high school senior.

For Broman's father, that type of workload is something to be proud of and worried about at the same time.

"Before you know it, this time will be over, and you'll be looking back at it," Broman's father, John, said. "We use the analogy of the window shutting. It's closing every day. Don't miss a workout. Don't miss a practice. Anders took it to heart in such a way that sometimes now I get nervous he's doing too much."

Even with Dad's warning, a recent commitment to Division I South Dakota State makes Anders say now is the time to work more, not less.

"That was my dream to play Division I, so it's crazy to think that I accomplished it," Anders said. "It's not over yet. Now, I've got to work even harder to become an even better player because it's a whole different game going from high school to college."

That last year of high school should be a special one, though, with a possible scoring title and a second straight state tournament in the offing.

Still, Broman would prefer not to talk about it.

"You should never talk about yourself. You should just let others talk about yourself," Anders said. "I just try to go out there and let my actions speak louder than words."

He's certainly done that, and thus far given us 3,834 reasons to remember him.

Posted by Zach Schneider
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