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Kevin Schnepf, Published July 21 2009

Former NDSU guard Ben Woodside to explore all his basketball options

After watching an entire basketball game from the bench for the first time in his long career, Ben Woodside is prepared to wait once again in his quest to become an NBA player.

“Everything is kind of up in the air right now,” said Woodside, a North Dakota State point guard who played for the Minnesota Timberwolves at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas this past week. “You just have to wait and see … but I’m used to that by now.”

Trying to impress NBA scouts for the last three months, Woodside will wait to see if an NBA team invites him to a training camp or what kind of contracts he can obtain from a professional team overseas.

Mark Bartelstein, Woodside’s agent based in Chicago, said there are a lot of teams from Europe showing interest.

“And we will be talking to teams around the NBA,” Bartelstein said. “We’re looking at a lot of different options right now. We’ve just got to sort it all out and see what the best course of action is to take.”

In five games at the NBA Summer League, Woodside saw action in only two games. He played nearly 26 minutes total, finishing with seven points and five assists while committing two turnovers.

In Sunday’s final game against the Chicago Bulls, Woodside started and played for 17 minutes – ending with six points and four assists while making 2 of 5 field goals and both of his free throws.

Playing on a Timberwolves team that had five guards – including first-round draft picks Jonny Flynn and Wayne Ellington – Woodside said he was warned by Timberwolves coaches that his playing time would be limited.

“It was a little frustrating because you want to show people what you’ve got,” said Woodside, who ended his NDSU career as the all-time scoring leader. “I was really glad to get on the floor when I did. Whether I played bad, OK or great, I just wanted to be on the floor.

“I think when I got some minutes in the last game that I did pretty well. Whether that was enough to impress somebody, I don’t know. I’ll just wait and see what happens.”

Readers can reach Forum reporter Kevin Schnepf at (701) 241-5549

Schnepf’s NDSU media blog can be found at www.areavoices.com