D1 basketball recruiters used to ignore North Dakota. That time is over.
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From Dom Izzo's "Hot Mic":
The news that Davies freshman Mason Klabo received a scholarship offer from NDSU may have surprised some, but those plugged into basketball in the state know better.
Klabo had a monster summer on the AAU circuit and more offers will surely be coming and soon.
He’s part of a young group of North Dakotans who are primed for a bigger spotlight. North’s Carter Zeller and Jeremiah Sem and Shanley’s Conner Kraft are part of a group that could be transformational for high school hoops in this state.
Listen to the rest of "Hot Mic" here:
Kolpack: Here is your two-minute warning on the next NDSU president
They are names with resumes on paper, that much we know. Or, in this day and age, resumes on a computer screen or a smartphone.
They are five names left in the running to be the next president at North Dakota State, a job that entails multitasking on a daily basis at its best. Yes, folks, that includes athletics.
Be careful. It’s not JUST athletics. It’s rather important; just ask the hotels, restaurants, bars and Topgolfs in the Frisco and Plano areas north of Dallas. Ask the Fargodome. Ask a lot of people.
When Thomas Plough was hired as the NDSU president in 1995, he came from Rochester Institute of Technology (N.Y.) and before that, Eisenhower College (N.Y.) and Alma College (Mich.). None of those schools had a football team. Eisenhower closed, although some of it was acquired by RIT.
Football matters in Fargo-Moorhead and beyond. This decision matters.
Read more analysis on the search for NDSU's new president from Jeff Kolpack here: