St. Louis Park basketball player Jim
Petersen was an outstanding athlete – at Park High, the
University of Minnesota, and the NBA.
His achievements started at St. Louis Park High. In the
1978-79 school year, he was All Conference Center, All State
Center, and the McDonald’s All American Center. He repeated
his All Conference and All School honors in 1979-80, and was
Parade Magazine’s All American Center. He served as team
captain both years. In 1980 he was named “Minnesota’s Mr.
Basketball.” A high point was in 1980 when he scored 36
points against Hopkins, with Park winning 86 to 69. He
helped carry his team to the State tournament in 1979 and
Jim was a member of the Golden Gopher Basketball team at the
U of M from 1980-84, serving as team captain in the 1983-84
In 1984 he was selected by the Houston Rockets in the third
round (51st overall) in the NBA draft. He played with the
Rockets until 1988, when he became a member of the
Sacramento Kings. From 1989 to 1992 he was a member of the
Golden State Warriors.
Jim worked as a Timberwolves radio analyst from 1998 to
2000, then again from 2001 to 2002. In the 2000-2001 he
served as a Timberwolves Television analyst and has
continued in that position. He has also been a KFAN talk
radio guest host on at least three occasions. Jim has spent
much time as a volunteer coach.
Jim’s father was Bob Petersen, an outstanding basketball
player for Minneapolis Vocational High who graduated in
about 1950. Jim, his father Bob, and his brother Dave were
all about 6’10.” Bob passed away in 1999.
Jim Petersen was in the inaugural group of inductees into
the St. Louis Park Athletic Hall
of Fame in 2005.