McAninch Student Athlete – Jal Bijiek, Des Moines North

Des Moines North has continued a resurgence under Head Coach Chad Ryan. Many were wondering how the program would respond after the losses of Terrance Bush, Teyontae Jenkins, Neico Greene & Wilson Worge over the past 2 seasons. Jal Bijiek has stepped up his game for the Polar Bears, helping Des Moines North get off to a 8-3 start.

Bijiek, a 6’7 junior has put up 14.9 points per game for North along with 9.8 rebounds per game and has 48 blocked shots. He is putting up those outstanding numbers along with playing at an efficient clip, hitting 51% of his shots from the field and is 9 of 19 from 3 point range.

Off the floor, Bijiek enjoys helping children on the basketball floor with the Kingdom Hoops basketball program. He also volunteers with the Kingdom Cares program. In the classroom, Bijiek carries a very good grade point average as well.

Congratulations to Jal Bijiek, this weeks McAninch Student Athlete of the week. If you know of the student athlete that is deserving of a nomination, email


Jal Bijiek