Bemidji State signs pair of local high school standouts to National Letters of Intent
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
BEMDIJI, Minn. – Bemidji State University head men's basketball coach Patrick Smith today announced that high school seniors Joshua Roysland (Fosston, Minn.) and Scott Stebe (Gonvick, Minn.) have signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Beavers in 2006-07.

"We are excited to bring Josh and Scott on at BSU" commented Smith. "We feel like we have added two players that can contribute right away. They are both tough kids, they shoot the ball well, they are good fundamentally and they know the game." Smith added, "Both Josh and Scott are good students and we think they will help to build a good foundation for the BSU basketball program."

Roysland, a 6-4 guard from Fosston High School, leaves the school as the Greyhounds' boy's basketball all-time leading scorer with 1,945 career points. A five-year basketball letterwinner at FHS, he not only tops the Fosston High School scoring charts, but also logged school records for rebounds and assists. As a senior he helped lead the Greyhounds to a 17-9 record after just one season earlier the team was 3-28. He was an All-Pine to Prairie First Team selection as a prep, was an Minnesota AP boy's basketball All-State selection and earned a spot the Minnesota Basketball Coaches' Association All-Star basketball team. Roysland has been active in the Minnesota AAU basketball ranks and has also played varsity baseball at FSH since his sophomore season.

BSU is a family affair for the Royslands. Josh's mother, Kim, played volleyball for the Beavers from 1976-80 while his dad, Mike (1975-79), and great uncle, Marc Carlin (1963-67), were all-conference standouts on the BSU men's basketball team. Roysland's sister, Kelly, is a junior at the University of Minnesota where she is a member of the women's basketball team.

Stebe, a 5-11 point guard from Clearbrook-Gonvick High School, comes to BSU as a three-sport standout at CGHS earning letters in football, basketball and baseball. During his two-year stint as a starter for the Bears' basketball team, a program rich in tradition, he earned all-conference and all-state accolades each season. A sharp-shooter, he once made 11 three-point baskets in a game and holds the school record for points in a game after scoring 48. As a senior he averaged nearly four three-pointers per game on his way to joining Roysland on the MBCA All-Star basketball team where took home the three-point championship.

"I feel like both of these players can help us right away,' said Smith. "I have told both of them that if they are stars from day one, we are probably not at the level we need to be at. But if they can provide me depth and contribute as freshmen and continue to improve every day, then we are going to be a pretty good team."

In recent years BSU has predominantly been a team made up of junior college and Division I transfers and despite signing these two high school student-athletes, all signs point toward a continuation of that plan with solid four-year players sprinkled in.

"We will continue to rely on transfers and junior college players at BSU. I think that is what has given us a chance to be successful here over the past five years." Smith added, "But especially this year, I think there was a lack of experience that cost us a couple games and to bring in two four-year players of this caliber will help up to bridge that experience gap and improve our overall depth."

The 2006-07 recruiting class also adds local flavor to the BSU roster. Neither player will be more than 50 miles from home next season--a local element BSU has not seen much of in recent years.

"With local kids playing here and and doing well, we are going to improve the support of our program regionally. Not only that, but we are also we are getting two players that it really means something to to play basketball at Bemidji State." Smith added, "When you take young men like Josh and Scott, who have grown up around Bemidji State and the immediate area, there is going to a pride factor for those two young men to put on a BSU uniform."

The Beavers will return jsut three players from a team that finished the 2005-06 season 15-13 overall and recorded a 9-5 mark in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play to finished third in the league standings. During the season the Beavers were ranked in the North Central Region's top-10 and defeated nationally-ranked foe on four occasions including handing 2006 NCAA Division II Champion Winona State University one of its four losses.

Individually, senior guard Derik Hollyfield (Aurora, Ill.) capped off his brief career being named to the All-NSIC Second Team while Alvin Muse (Sr., South Holland, Ill.) made his second consecutive appearance on the All-NSIC Third Team.

All signings are contingent upon admission to BSU and compliance with NCAA rules, including certification by the NCAA Clearinghouse.