James Roberson Surgery to Remove Brain Tumor Went as Expected
Thursday, April 29, 2004
April 29, 2004

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University men’s basketball junior guard James Roberson (Chicago, Ill.) came out of surgery Tuesday morning and is on his way to a successful recovery, BSU officials said today. At Fairview University Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minn., Roberson went through what doctors considered an “uncomplicated surgery” on Tuesday morning. Neurosurgeons removed what was believed to be a benign tumor in the two-hour process.

Roberson remained in the Intensive Care Unit overnight on Tuesday and was moved to a room on the neurology floor Wednesday. He is expected to be released from hospital care by the weekend. He is planning on going home to the Chicago-area to recuperate with his family. Doctors expect a full recovery and believe Roberson can resume playing basketball again in the 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.