James Roberson Health Update on Brain Tumor
Monday, April 12, 2004
April 12, 2004

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University men’s basketball junior guard James Roberson (Chicago, Ill.) met with neurosurgeons last Friday and was told there is a tumor, 3/4” in diameter, located in the left temporal lobe of the brain. Roberson, who won 2003-04 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Newcomer of the Year honors, is scheduled to undergo surgery, April 27 in Minneapolis, Minn.

The tumor is believed to be benign but until pathology reports are looked at after the surgery, the status of the tumor can not be confirmed. Roberson is currently taking medications to control seizures - the seizures are a result of the tumor. Medications will have to be taken for a six-month period after the surgery.

Doctors have recommended surgery and feel that Roberson would make a full recovery. Roberson will not have to participate in chemotherapy or radiation as specialists do not feel those will be effective treatments. Doctors indicate that basketball is a definite possibility in Roberson’s near future.

Roberson was the point man for a BSU offense that ranked 18th in the country with 84.5 points per game. Individually, Roberson ranked 24th in NCAA Division II in assists per game with 5.8. He holds the school record for season assists (167) and the BSU single-game high of 13 accomplished versus Concordia-St. Paul, Jan. 2, 2004. He averaged 11.1 points per contest, good for fourth on the team and was second with 54 treys. Roberson played two seasons at Lincoln Community College in Illinois before his arrival at BSU in 2003-04.

Get-well cards can be sent to the BSU Men’s Basketball Office at 1500 Birchmont Drive, NE, Box 29 Bemidji, MN, 56601.

A special “James Roberson Emergency Fund” has been set up at the BSU Foundation. Any donations can be made by calling 218-755-4039 or sent to the following address: “James Roberson Emergency Fund,” 1500 Birchmont Drive, Box 17, Bemidji, MN 56601.