Saul Phillips and his Bison basketball team scored an impressive road win yesterday at South Dakota State, 85-77, Taylor Braun was terrific, living up to his Summit League preseason player of the year accolades, scoring 30 points.
Braun as many will remember did not play in this game last year after the injury to his foot, and he played like a redshirt senior; answering SDSU baskets with points of his own; reminiscent of Ben Woodside in his final game in Brookings in 2009. Marshall Bjorklund was solid as well chipping in 19, the Bison shot 56 percent from the field, which is fantastic on the road. NDSU won in Brookings for the first time since December of 2010 and has started off its three game road gauntlet with a nice win, with trips still coming to Vermillion and Denver on Thursday and Saturday. Here’s Jeff’s recap from yesterday’s game and Kevin Schnepf on the correlation of this team and the 2009 NCAA Tourney team.
I’m sure many were watching the Senior Bowl yesterday to see Billy Turner play and he did get quite a few reps, most at right tackle, as I tweeted last night, most scouts and GM’s don’t even stay for the game, the real work is put in during the week in practice and for everything we’ve posted and seen from scouts, Turner seems to have helped himself with his week of practice, but as many point out there is still some work to do. The next step for Turner is the NFL Combine that starts February 19th in Indianapolis.
Plenty of tweets last night after the news that Grand View, Missouri cornerback Ryon’e Winters tweeted that he had verbally committed to the University of Wyoming. Winters as many know had verballed to NDSU two weeks ago on his visit here, but told Jeff that he still intended to keep his visit to Laramie. This is quote from Winters in Jeff’s story on the 13th: “When other schools started calling, none of them topped NDSU. Coach Bohl went to Wyoming and he called me to let me know Wyoming is FBS. That’s I-A football and that’s a little bigger, so that’s a plus.” For those saying isn’t this is a violation of Bohl’s contract with NDSU, technically no, the Winters visit to Laramie was setup before he verballed to NDSU, only verbal commitments were off the table for Bohl and his staff. This is a unique situation for everyone involved, but remember a verbal commitment is just that. There’s nothing binding to it and while many players that originally verbal end up signing, this is the definition of a “soft verbal” and many players go this exact route, and while this may be new to us that cover FCS up close, remember this happens at least twenty times more on the FBS level.
One last note, interesting tidbit from Charley Waters in the St. Paul Pioneer Press yesterday, who wrote a source told him that former Gophers quarterback Phillip Nelson is visiting Rutgers today, and says NDSU, Southern Illinois and Texas Tech are other possible destinations for the Mankato native. Hard to imagine NDSU on that list, especially since Nelson cited a reason for leaving the Gophers was to show off his arm in the passing game and we know that’s not the offense the Bison run. On the flip side, Nelson would not have to sit out if he goes to an FCS school, only for FBS teams.
Sunday live chat returns at 10pm tonight if we’re swept away by today’s blizzard!