Hot Mic with Dom Izzo: A new era for North Dakota high school basketball

The number of local boys basketball college prospects will only continue to grow.

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FARGO — 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.

In my opinion the rise of these players can be tied to two other North Dakotans; Grant Nelson and Boden Skunberg. Each were all-state players and now two years later are major contributors on a D1 basketball team in Fargo.

Beyond the contributions on the court, you can see it pay off in the stands. There were at least 50 people from Jamestown that came to the Bison game on Saturday.


There was a time when D1 recruiters would ignore North Dakota high school basketball, saying the competition level just wasn't good enough. That time is over. We had better get ready for bigger and better offers coming for these players and they won't be the last.

Dom Izzo is the Sports Director at WDAY-TV. He began working for WDAY in 2006 as the weekend sports anchor and was promoted to Sports Director in 2010.
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