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Bison sign Minneapolis North basketball player Wilson IV to letter of intent

FARGO—Perhaps the first decision Odell Wilson IV had to make was what sport he was going to play in college. Basketball won out over football and North Dakota State won out over everybody else.

Wilson made it official with his letter of intent on Thursday afternoon at a ceremony at his Minneapolis North High School. The 6-foot-5, 260-pound interior player could bring reminders of former Bison center Dexter Werner, said NDSU head coach Dave Richman.

"He's not as long or as active as Dexter but he's more skilled at this stage than Dexter was," Richman said.

Wilson was also being looked at in football as an offensive lineman by NDSU and the University of North Dakota, among other schools. His father played football at Penn State and his mother played basketball at the University of Minnesota.

"I think people assumed he was going to play football," Richman said. "We had been under that assumption until recently. He likes football a lot but he doesn't necessarily love football to play in the trenches like you have to. His passion has been basketball."

The senior was a finalist for Minnesota's Mr. Basketball award and scored more than 2,000 points and grabbed more than 1,000 rebounds in his high school career.

The Polars won state titles in Wilson's sophomore and junior seasons.

Jeff Kolpack

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