The basketball offseason is here for NDSU, unlike last year it won’t be nearly as busy as last April with a coaching change in the process. Saul Phillips was the standout of last year’s Final Four in Arlington, this year it could be another Bison in Lawrence Alexander. Alexander was officially invited today to the Reese’s All-Star Game, that game will be played on Friday at 4:30 on the Final Four floor in Indianapolis, the game will air at noon on Saturday. Alexander becomes the 2nd Bison to play in the game, Ben Woodside participated in 2009 in Detroit. It’s another honor to go on top of Alexander’s honorable mention on the Associated Press All-American teams yesterday.
There is other news from the hoops team, freshman guard Jake Showalter will transfer from NDSU. Showalter played in just 13 games for the Bison this year, hitting high marks of five points against Texas and UND. Showalter was part of the trio from Germantown, Wisconsin that NDSU recruited together about 18 months ago (Showalter, Evan Wesenberg and Lamonte Bearden; who’s playing at Buffalo). Showalter is the younger brother of Zak, who’s become a solid player for Wisconsin on its Final Four team. That opens up a scholarship for next season, the Bison have four players coming in for ’15-16 (Malik Clements, Dylan Miller, Khy Kabelis and Deng Geu) It’s not known yet if NDSU will use it or save it for 2016-17. The Bison will have two seniors next year in Kory Brown and Chris Kading, so I would bet they’re going to hang onto it.Today was Lynn Dorn’s final day at NDSU. WDAY will have a feature on Dorn’s tenure at NDSU wrapping up at 6 and 10. For some Dorn brings up some furrowed brows, but it should be noted she was the one that hired Darren Mueller, Pete Cuardado and a guy named Tim Miles. She also had the go-ahead on Maren Walseth, which I think may be another home run. Dorn has been in Fargo since the early days of the BSA and a major reason why NDSU women’s sports has been as successful as they have been.
Lastly, NDSU has started an official football recruiting Twitter handle:
— NDSU Equipment (@NDSUequipment) March 31, 2015
Be interesting to see what comes out of there. I’ll be at football’s third practice tomorrow morning, will pass along any notes from there.