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Bulldogs land basketball recruit

Sophomore Byron Ninham of Fergus Falls (Minn.) Community College has verbally committed to attend Minnesota Duluth next year to play basketball, his coach confirmed Monday night.

Sophomore Byron Ninham of Fergus Falls (Minn.) Community College has verbally committed to attend Minnesota Duluth next year to play basketball, his coach confirmed Monday night.

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound small forward averaged 16 points, eight rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game in leading the Spartans to a 19-10 record. The graduate of Cass Lake-Bena High School shot 79 percent from the free-throw line. He finished his career with 747 points,312 rebounds and 79 3-pointers.

Minnesota Duluth, which finished the season 16-13, will be looking for help at small forward next season with the graduation of standout Bryan Foss, a North Central Conference first-team selection this year.

"Byron is an outstanding offensive player who needs to keep getting stronger, but I think he has the ability to come in and be a factor right away,'' said Fergus Falls coach Jason Retzlaff. "And he's not only a great player and team leader, he's just a first-rate human being.''

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