Bemidji State basketballer passes on 49ers camp invite

We mentioned earlier today the 49ers offering a tryout to a former Division II basketball player.

As it turns out, Bemidji State’s Zach Noreen has decided to pass.

According to Alex Berg of the Bemidji Pioneer, Noreen is going to stay in school and play football this fall, since he has one year of eligibility left. Trying out for the 49ers would have cost him any shot of playing football, after four seasons of basketball.

“I did not see this opportunity coming from a smaller Division II school,” Noreen said. “I talked with past players who regret leaving early and wished that they would have used their last year of eligibility.”

The 49ers offer was sort of accidental, as 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke saw him after going back to Bemidji to watch his daughter play for the womens basketball team.

Now, the 6-foot-6, 250-pound Noreen can actually work on learning to play tight end at the Division II level, instead of a weekend longshot. It cost the 49ers the element of surprise, but if it doesn’t work out for Noreen next season for the Beavers’ football team, it will have saved them airfare.

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