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Berggren will graduate in May of 2013 with personal finance major and a certificate from the prestigious School of Business. He has an overall GPA of 3.33. He is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, a five-time Dean’s List honoree and a CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree in 2012.
Berggren is the unquestioned team leader and captain for the second year in a row. He is one of the rare UW players to serve as a team captain as a junior. He has been voted as the team representative for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) in each of the last two seasons. The SAAC is the liaison between the student-athletes and the athletic department and strives to enhance the total student-athlete experience through opportunity, welfare and fostering a positive student-athlete image. According to head coach Bo Ryan – “Jared Berggren is the type of guy who has a professional attitude and work ethic. You don’t have to tell him twice to do something. You can count on him to be there every day giving it everything he has. That type of leadership is infectious and his teammates see that and follow his lead.”
Berggren has served as a guest speaker for the Madison area Boys & Girls Club, preaching leadership and hard work away from competition. After volunteering at a youth basketball camp in his hometown of Princeton, Minn. for several years, Jared ran his own K-8th grade camp in Princeton during the summer of 2012. He is an active participant in the Go Big Read campaign, UW-Madison’s common-reading program. He visited numerous elementary schools in the Madison area to promote reading and to engage students in literature discussion. He is a repeat volunteer/visitor to the Daily Assisted Care center in his hometown.
Berggren was named All-Big Ten honorable mention last season as a junior. He was third on the Badgers in both points (10.5) and rebounds (4.9) while leading the team with 60 blocks in 2011-12. He led the Big Ten in blocks as a junior (1.9 avg. during Big Ten play) and increased his scoring average by 8.1 points from 2010-11 to 2011-12, the 6th-biggest improvement in the Big Ten. He posted the third-highest single-season block total in UW history with 60 blocks in 2011-12.