General manager Trent Baalke attended a Bemidji (Minnesota) State basketball game to watch a 5-foot-7 freshman guard on the womenâs team.
He reportedly ended up scouting a prospect that will attend the 49ersâ rookie minicamp this weekend in Santa Clara.
After watching his daughter, Cassie, play basketball in February, the 49ers personnel chief stayed around to watch the menâs basketball game, according to the St. Cloud Times.
Baalke, who played football at Bemidji State from 1982 to '86, started a conversation with forward Zach Noreen (6-foot-6, 250). Of course, the talk turned to football. Noreen, after all, has a body of an NFL tight end.
On May 10, the final day of the NFL draft, the 49ers called Noreen and extended an invitation for him to travel to the Bay Area for a tryout this week at the teamâs rookie minicamp.
Noreen told the St. Cloud newspaper he has been working out hard in preparation for the camp, which will consist of rookies, players who do not have a vested NFL season and players invited for tryouts.
He has been studying film with his brother, Seth, who played tight end and was a long-snapper at St. Cloud State. Zach Noreen has not played a football game since 2009 in high school.
"I ended on a good note," Noreen said. "My last catch was a touchdown."
Noreenâs focus has been solely on basketball since high school. He averaged 16.5 points and 6.1 rebounds and was Bemidji Stateâs co-MVP and a first-team all-conference selection as a senior
I'll be rooting for him , I went to Bemidji St also , and when I would see the kid around town , I would jokingly call him "Gronk" ...the kid is a freakish athlete, I know its a longshot, but I hope he has a great tryout ...good to see kids from my neck of the woods getting a shot at something special