Standout West Fargo forward Miriley Simon commits to Bison women’s basketball

West Fargo High School junior Miriley Simon has verbally committed to play college basketball at North Dakota State

West Fargo's Miriley Simon has announced her commitment to play basketball at North Dakota State. David Samson / West Fargo Pioneer
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WEST FARGO — The North Dakota State women’s basketball team didn’t have to look far for its latest commitment in the class of 2023. West Fargo junior Miriley Simon verbally committed to NDSU on Sunday, opting to play her college ball close to home.

The 6-foot-1 junior forward announced her decision via Twitter on Sunday night. Simon, who has played on varsity since she was a freshman, was the Packers’ leading scorer last season.

“So very thankful to announce my verbal commitment to continue my basketball and academic career at NDSU!!!” the Dec. 5 Tweet read. “Thank you to my parents, family, friends, teammates, coaches, and anyone who had helped me reach this point along the way."

“So beyond excited to stay home and be a bison,” the Tweet continued.


Simon was also offered by Nebraska Omaha, a Summit League school, and three Division II programs, including Minnesota State Moorhead.

Simon averaged 16.4 points and 9.9 rebounds per game as a sophomore. She shot 57% from the field and 57% from the charity stripe last season and finished as the fifth-leading scorer and second-leading rebounder in the conference. The junior forward helped lead the Packers to a 15-8 overall record last year.

Simon, who also plays soccer for West Fargo, averaged 10.4 points per game and 7.1 rebounds as a freshman. The Packers standout played for local team Eastern Dakota Elite on the AAU circuit this past summer.

The Packers open their season on Tuesday against Moorhead, at Moorhead High School.

Carissa Wigginton is a high school sports reporter for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. A Fargo native, she graduated from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Wigginton joined The Forum’s sports department in August 2019.
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