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McFeely blog: Former Bison basketball players Eady, Cook find new homes

Three of four key players who left NDSU in transfer portal have joined new programs

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North Dakota State’s Tyree Eady shoots over Mayville State’s Simon Ramirez during their men's basketball game last November.
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FARGO — Two more players who figured prominently in the North Dakota State men's basketball program the last few years have found new homes after entering the transfer portal.

Guards Tyree Eady and Jarius Cook both announced on Twitter this week they'd committed to new programs.

They join former Bison point guard Sam Griesel as key ex-NDSU players who'll play elsewhere next season. Griesel committed to Nebraska.

Eady will play at North Texas, a Conference USA school located in Denton, Texas, north of Dallas. The Mean Green went 25-7 last season and won the CUSA West Division regular-season title, but lost in the conference tournament semifinals. They followed that with a loss in the first round of the NIT.

The 6-foot-5 senior averaged 10.3 points and five rebounds last season for the Bison, and was a key defensive player over his career. Eady was a three-year starter.

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Cook will play for Jacksonville (Fla.) University, an Atlantic Sun Conference program that finished 21-10 last season. The Dolphins lost in the league tournament championship game to Bellarmine (Ky.).

Cook started 32 games for the Bison last season, averaging 8.5 points. He shot 38% on 3-pointers (46 of 116) to lead the team's starters.

Moorhead High School product Maleeck Harden-Hayes is the other Bison regular who entered the transfer portal. He has yet to find a new team after decommitting from Kansas City after head coach Billy Donlon left the Kangaroos to become an assistant at Clemson.

Mike McFeely is a columnist for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. He began working for The Forum in the 1980s while he was a student studying journalism at Minnesota State University Moorhead. He's been with The Forum full time since 1990, minus a six-year hiatus when he hosted a local radio talk-show.
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