James Roberson to miss 2004-05 season
Wednesday, August 25, 2004
BEMIDJI, Minn. - Bemidji State head men’s basketball coach Pat Smith today announced that senior point guard James Roberson (Chicago, Ill.) has elected to sit out the 2004-05 season.

“Mentally and physically, James says he’s just not ready to play,” Smith said. “He’s going to sit out and see if he can play again in a year. We wish him the best. Our prayers and concerns are with his family. We’re indebted to James for what he did for this program last year.”

Roberson, the 2004 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Newcomer of the Year, helped lead Bemidji State to its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance a year ago. He spearheaded a BSU offense which ranked 18th in the nation in scoring at 84.5 points per game.Individually, Roberson ranked 24th in the nation in assists, averaging 5.8 per game. He set a BSU single-season record with 167 assist and a school single-game record with 13 assists against Concordia-St. Paul on Jan. 2, 2004. Roberson was fourth on the team in scoring at 11.1 points per game and finished second on the team with 54 three-point field goals.

Following the 2004 season, Roberson was diagnosed with a tumor in the left temporal lobe of his brain. He successfully underwent surgery to remove the tumor in late April, 2004.

Roberson played two seasons at Lincoln Community College in Illinois before his arrival at BSU in 2003-04.

Bemidji State finished its 2003-04 campaign with a 20-10 record, the first 20-win season in school history, and won the NSIC with a 14-2 regular-season record in league play. It was the program’s eighth regular-season NSIC championship, but first since 1967. Three BSU players, including NSIC Player of the Year, Daktronics First-Team All-Region selection and NABC All-America honoree Charles Hanks, earned First-Team All-NSIC honors, and former head coach Jeff Guiot was named NSIC Coach of the Year. Hanks became just the second player in league history to lead the conference in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage. The Beavers set 18 school and NSIC records during the campaign, including school marks for field goals, scoring, rebounding and blocked shots.

Bemidji State opens its 2004-05 campaign under first-year head coach Pat Smith, Nov. 15 at Minnesota-Duluth. Opening tip-off is slated for 8:00 p.m. Central time in Duluth, Minn.