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Fairbanks to play for Beavers

Bemidji State University head men's basketball coach Matt Bowen today announced the signing of Cass Lake-Bena standout Brady Fairbanks to a National Letter of Intent to play for the Beavers beginning in the fall of 2007.

Bemidji State University head men's basketball coach Matt Bowen today announced the signing of Cass Lake-Bena standout Brady Fairbanks to a National Letter of Intent to play for the Beavers beginning in the fall of 2007.

"We are extremely excited to bring a player of Brady's caliber into the mix at Bemidji State," commented Bowen. "When I came to BSU, our main goal was to turn our focus to recruiting to the type of player that reflects what Bemidji State is. Brady is a Northern Minnesota guy, he comes from a great family, he is solid human being and has great athletic ability."

"I am pretty excited about joining the BSU basketball team and being able to play in college against tougher competition," said Fairbanks. "Hopefully I can contribute and help the Beavers win some games next year."

Fairbanks comes to BSU after a stellar senior season in which he led the state averaging over 30 points per game and posted in excess of 10 rebounds per contest. He helped his Cass Lake-Bena squad to a 30-2 overall record, a perfect 14-0 Northland Conference title and its first ever trip to the Minnesota High School State championship game. Although his Panthers saw their championship dreams snapped on a last-second three-pointer, Fairbanks wowed crowds and was selected to the Minnesota State Tournament All-Tournament team.

For his efforts, the highly-touted Fairbanks also earned All-Northland conference accolades, was named CLB and conference Most Valuable Player, earned Second Team All-State honors and was one of 2,500 high school players to be nominated as a McDonald's All-American.

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Fairbanks leaves Cass Lake-Bena after a three-year career in which he set the school's all-time scoring mark at nearly 2,000 points and helped his teams to a 84-11 record, 58-4 over the last two seasons, and two trips to the state tournament.

Bemidji State is still awaiting signed NLI's from Andover's Jimmie Johnson, St. Bernard's Patrick Cassidy and Foley's Tyler Wruck who have all given recent verbal commitments to BSU.

The Beavers are coming off a season in which they were 5-23 overall and posted 5-13 record in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play. Entering his second season at BSU, Bowen looks to return 10 players from his 2006-07 roster.

Other signings

E Former BSU recruit Josh Roysland of Fosston has signed a NLI to play at Southwest Minnesota State University. Roysland first signed with Bemidji State last April but was granted a release and attended Minnesota State Community and Technical College-Fergus Falls this season. He did not play in a single game for the Spartans due to injury.

Spartans head coach Jason Retzlaff said former Clearbrook-Gonvick star Scott Stebe, who also signed with BSU last year and was later granted a release, will play another year at MSCTC-FF and has been named co-captain.

E Former Cass Lake-Bena standout Byron Ninham has signed with Minnesota-Duluth. The 6-foot-4 wing is coming off two years with MSCTC-FF where he totaled 747 points, 312 rebounds, and 79 3-point field goals.

"Byron had an outstanding basketball career at Fergus Falls that will certainly continue at Duluth," Retzlaf said. "He has been a great player, team leader, and first-rate human being. I have no doubts he will continue to excel at the next level."

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E Park Rapids' center Bryce Fazekas committed to the University of Mary. Fazekas averaged 16 ppg and 10.8 rpg.

E Andrew Van Havermaet of Hawley High School has signed with Minnesota State University-Moorhead. He closed his prep career with 1,212 points, 470 rebounds, 339 assists and 321 steals.

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