The programs currently in the NY2LA Basketball Association have produced some of the best under the radar talent in college basketball in recent memory both in and prior to joining the NY2LA circuit platform. From Musa Jallow (Ohio State), Ethan Happ (Wisconsin), Isaiah Roby (Nebraska), Paul Miller (North Dakota State), Kay Felder (Oakland/Cleveland Cavaliers), Jordan Bohannon (Iowa), Lamonte Bearden (Western Kentucky), Josh Gasser (Wisconsin), Riley LaChance (Vanderbilt), etc. schools have been rewarded greatly by going off the beaten path and finding these hidden gems.  Perhaps Minnetonka (Minn.) Hopkins 2018 center Joseph Hedstrom is next.

While he was being recruited primarily by mid-major programs over the summer, Hedstrom landed his first power-five opportunity from Wisconsin recently.  "They have one offer left in 2018 and what they need is more of a stretch man," Hedstrom told NY2LA Sports. "I would walk on the first year, but the next four years would be covered on scholarship.  It's very exciting to get an offer from a Big Ten school. We're just thinking about it right now. It is an interesting offer, but I was excited. We're just talking about it and trying to enjoy the moment and figuring out what the best fit is for me."

Hedstrom has offers from Boise State, North Dakota State, Western Michigan, North Dakota, Columbia, Cleveland State, Loyola (MD), South Dakota, Bucknell, Lehigh, Denver, Illinois-Chicago, and Hofstra.  The 6-foot-10, 215-pound senior took an unofficial visit to Wisconsin last week.  "I think the atmosphere is great," he said. "I didn't know it was in between two lakes, that was pretty cool. It's so big we didn't get to see all the buildings. The facilities were nice and I watched them practice.  It was all very nice."

Minnesota, Purdue, UNC-Wilmington, and Boise State are also showing interest in Hedstrom this summer.  Like the Badgers, the Gophers were watching Hedstrom in July.  "I went on a visit there and they saw me a few times during the last tournament, but I haven't heard much recently," he said.

Although Hedstrom dreamed of playing at the high major level, Wisconsin doesn't necessarily jump to the front of his list.  "If I didn't get a high major offer, I don't think I can go wrong," he said. "I have offers from a lot of great schools. I guess it was a goal to have that option, play at the highest level. Doesn't mean I'd go there right away.  It still has to be the right fit."

Hedstrom lists no favorites at this time. He's currently in the midst of scheduling official visits.  Following a few trips, Hedstrom expects to have an idea of where he's going.

"In the next couple weeks, I might be calling a few places and letting them know I'm not as interested," he said. I'm going to narrow it down to six or seven or so.  I'm still not in a big rush, but there are people who have offered me who are wondering where I'm at,” he continued. "I'll narrow it down and then we'll go from there. I think one or two schools might be close to offering too. Once I know all of the options I have, once I see all the places who are farther away, I think I'll have a good feel for all those places and make a decision.  I'm not in a rush, but I also don't want to string it along. Probably in the next two months or so."

Hedstrom plays with the Minnesota Comets during the travel season.