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A Critical Juncture for Bison Basketball

A Critical Juncture for Bison Basketball

North Dakota State had two players leave its men’s basketball program yesterday as Dylan Miller and Nnamdi Van Dulm will not return to Fargo for the fall of 2018. Those moves put the spotlight even larger on Dave Richman and his staff to find some size over the next couple of months either in a transfer or JUCO player. The Bison will not sign any players today as the late signing period opens for the next month. This historically has been a successful period for the school, Taylor Braun, Lawrence Alexander and Kory Brown signed in April.

These two players now make nine early departures since Dave Richman took over in April of 2014:

(Evan Wesenberg, Jake Showalter, Spencer Eliason, Trey Miller, Malik Clements, Dylan Miller, Khy Kabellis, Seth Coatta and Nnamdi Van Dulm). Each program has player movement but that number seemed to grab my attention, only because of the fact of how much I’ve written and spoke about the women’s team losing players.

In that same time frame, the women’s team has had seven players leave the program.

You can make the argument that Richman wants his type of players and if they don’t fit that model, then it’s not going to work. Richman has established the type of program that is about culture and about the team. With these departures you can speculate on a number of reasons why they left (personality, difference with coach, playing time, education, home sick, whatever), but it does lend itself to a perpetual young team, that you’re constantly battling a youth movement. With Miller leaving, NDSU has no seniors on the roster next season. Jared Samuelson, Deng Geu, Chris Quayle and Tyson Ward are now the upperclassmen as just juniors.

It’s an interesting time for Bison basketball. This could be the time we circle as if NDSU made strides to catch SDSU or USD or fell further behind.

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8 Comments

  1. Bison

    April 11, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    The Bison need to play a more offensive style of basketball. They should look to score when they have a good shot instead of passing up shots in an effort to run off the entire shot clock. Players like to score points and if they are told they can’t shoot they probably won’t stay too long.

    Both basketball teams are perpetually young since they are continually having players leave. Not the best way to build a program.

  2. Life Long Bison Fan

    April 11, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    Coach Richman seems to want a particular type of player, who fits the character type as well as the on-court needs of the program. He is the person who is in charge, and who will define and ultimately be responsible for the men’s basketball program. Bison fans want to see men who represent the University well. Of course, we want the team to contend for conference championships and NCAA berths as well. If the headline in the Forum is correct — that this is a “critical juncture” for Bison Basketball — let’s hope that the Coach has a plan to get the right young men who can contribute to overall program success in 2018 and in years ahead. I think I am restating what your blog post says, Jeff: You need to get the guys who fit your needs, Coach, and they need to win….

  3. Bison Fan in NW MN

    April 11, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    Bison basketball will be down next year for both teams. The WBB program is a total mess with Walseth as coach. Richman will have a tough year with his continued use of that offense.

  4. BisonTC

    April 11, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    The concern I had with Richman selection as HC was it seemed he was a different personality than the previous two. I asked at the time who would keep the players loose and the answer was Freddy Coleman and I believe he left after one season.
    If things are serious all the time its hard to get through a long basketball season and you add the weather into it, not much fun. The coaches need to figuire it out. Its not like the program was broken when this group took it over, but something obviously affecting these players.

  5. c law

    April 12, 2018 at 7:18 am

    Time to let Mr Richman go and find a new coach. I feel for coach Walseth, but need to show the kids she is losing that staying and playing at NDSU, is good for them and the state. But something needs to be done and fast.

  6. bisonbill

    April 12, 2018 at 7:35 am

    Bison women just added two foreign players to the team. I hope they are good.

  7. Brian Slator

    April 17, 2018 at 2:56 am

    It appears Coach Richman is a “my way or the highway” personality. Last year their best player was Dexter Werner, but Coach Richman made him ‘sixth man’ to the detriment of the team. Now Dexter is playing professionally in Europe, and Coach Richman has failed to make the NCAA tournament, again.

  8. breaking news

    April 18, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    big announcement coming soon , stay tuned

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