BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University head men's basketball coach Matt Bowen today announced the signing of Cass Lake-Bena standout Brady Fairbanks to a National Letter of Intent to play for the Beavers beginning in the fall of 2007.
"We are extremely excited to bring a player of Brady's caliber into the mix at Bemidji State," commented Bowen. "When I came to BSU, our main goal was to turn our focus to recruiting to the type of player that reflects what Bemidji State is. Brady is a Northern Minnesota guy, a very talented athlete, he comes from a great family and is solid human being."
Fairbanks echoes Bowen excitement. "I am pretty excited to joining the BSU basketball team and being able to play in college against tougher competition," said Fairbanks. "Hopefully I can contribute and help the Beavers win some games next year."
Fairbanks comes to BSU after a stellar senior season in which he led the state averaging over 30 points per game, posted in excess of 10 rebounds per contest. He helped his Cass Lake-Bena squad to a 30-2 overall record, a perfect 14-0 Northland Conference title and its first ever trip to the Minnesota High School State championship game. Although his Panthers saw their championship dreams snapped on a last-second three-pointer, Fairbanks wowed crowds and was selected to the Minnesota State Tournament All-Tournament team.
For his efforts, the highly-touted Fairbanks also earned All-Northland conference accolades, was named CLB and conference Most Valuable Player, earned Second Team All-State honors and was one of 2,500 high school players to be nominated as a McDonald's All-American.
Fairbanks leaves Cass Lake-Bena after a three-year career in which he set the school's all-time scoring mark at nearly 2,000 points and helped his teams to a 84-11 record, 58-4 over the last two seasons, and two trips to the state tournament.
The Beavers are coming off a season in which they were 5-23 overall and posted 5-13 record in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play. Entering his second season at BSU, Bowen looks to return 10 players from his 2006-07 roster.