By Mike Max

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – January is a great time of the year for winter sports in Minnesota. It’s when many individuals and teams begin to define themselves, and in many cases, separate themselves.

She can shoot the basketball, and has some teammates that can do the same. It’s why Centennial’s Jasmine Bretoi is our ASPIRE Athlete of the Week. It’s a team that has several leaders, and Bretoi is certainly one of them.

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It’s in part because she’s a shooter’s shooter.

“She’s very steady. I think she’s second or third in the state in three-pointers right now,” said her coach Greg Amundson. “It hasn’t come easy, she has put in a lot of time.”

Part of it is how she grew up, learning to love basketball.

“When I was little my mom got me started on playing basketball and I would do a bunch of camps, and I just started to love it so much that I knew I wanted to play for a long time,” Bretoi said.

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Now she’s a gym rat who craves the game.

“She’s a student of the game. Last week I told the girls I was going to go scout somebody and three of the kids jumped in the car. She was leading the pack. She loves the game, she’s the first one here and the last one to leave every day,” Amundson said.

The big goal left is to be part of a team that plays well into March.

“We want to go to state this year and get as far as we can in state. We have a lot of talent this year,” Bretoi said. “We can get really far I think.”

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Bretoi, who averages about 13.5 points per game on the season, has committed to play basketball at Wayne State. The Cougars are 10-2 on the season and lead the Northwest Suburban Conference at 8-0.

Mike Max