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Q&A With Will Ramberg

Dec 18, 2021 09:01AM ● By Editor

Minnesota native Will Ramberg joined the Golden Gopher men's basketball this past summer.

A 2019 graduate of Cook County High School, the Grand Marais native was the all time boys leading scorer at CCHS with 1,346 career points and a three-time all-conference selection.

Ramberg went on to play at McGill (Canada) after graduation where he appeared in 10 games during the 2019-20 season. McGill did not compete during the 2020-21 season so Ramberg returned home to study remotely. Since joining the Gophers, Ramberg has seen some action off the bench scored his first Gopher points against Purdue Fort Wayne. Get to know Ramberg in this recent question/answer session. (This Q/A was first featured in the Texas A&M Corpus Christi digital game program.)
Walk us through how you landed here at Minnesota?

A coach at my old school knew Coach (Marcus) Jenkins. I was looking to transfer back to the states and was talking to a bunch of coaches. This was my dream school so I knew it was where I wanted to be. I picked it right away.
You're from Grand Marais, Minnesota. Talk about playing in your home state and representing northern Minnesota.

It means everything to me to represent the state, my family and friends. Everyone is here and the hometown kids look up to me. I'm really thankful to have this opportunity and really glad to be here.
Your team did not compete last year due to COVID-19. What did you have to do to keep in shape or what did you do to stay focused on basketball? 

Without having a season, I was basically at my house in Grand Marais the whole year. I went to the basement and I did dribbling drills and the gym was only open maybe one day a week so I did that, but worked out with weight equipment in my basement to keep in shape. It was hard.
Since being with the team since this summer, what have you learned from this group of coaches already this season? 

I've learned so much. They know a lot about the game and they've taught me things I wouldn't think matter, but all the little things matter. I've also learned a lot about teamwork and how important it is.

What are some things that you do that can do to better the team? 

I always want to give good energy off the bench. When my name or number is called, I'll be there ready to go. In terms of plays, I need know where I have to be and when I have to be there. I'm just ready go whenever they may need me. 
You've gotten to experience Williams Arena now as a player. Talk about the atmosphere or what it's like to play there. 

The atmosphere is crazy. It's unlike any atmosphere I've ever played in. The student section is awesome and they always come out to support us. It means a lot to me and the entire team. It's really unlike anything I've seen, it gives me chills sometimes. It's crazy.
What are you majoring in and what would you like to do once basketball is done? 

My undergrad is in ECON. I have a minor in environmental studies. I'm not sure exactly what I want do. Right now, just focusing on classes and basketball.
Are you into video games like the rest of the team or what do you like to do in your free time? 

I'm usually resting, studying or hanging out with friends. I don't play a lot of video games, but I watch a lot of Netflix. I also like to see my family who lives in the city. I have a cousin that's a senior this year at Washburn so I like to go and watch his games.

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