The 49ers keep finding players in unusual ways

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The 49ers have become known for being thorough and taking chances in the scouting process, taking fliers on injured guys and English discus throwers.

But sometimes they find people by accident.

Via Matt Maiocco of, the 49ers are giving a tryout this weekend to a guy General Manager Trent Baalke found while traveling to see his daughter play basketball.

Baalke went to see his daughter Cassie play at Minnesota’s Bemidji State in February, and ended up talking to Zach Noreen, a forward on the men’s team.

The conversation turned to football, and the 6-foot-6, 250-pound Noreen apparently made an impression, because they offered him a chance to try out at their rookie minicamp this weekend.

He said he hasn’t played in a football game since 2009.

“I ended on a good note,” Noreen said. “My last catch was a touchdown.”

Noreen averaged 16.5 points and 6.1 rebounds a game for the (googles Bemidji State) Beavers.

He might not have much of a chance, but he’s probably worth as much of a look as Jerry Rice Jr., who’ll also be in camp this weekend.