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Jeff Kolpack, Published June 29 2010

NDSU men's basketball: Bison transfer to sit

Dylan Hale was born in Fargo. A couple of decades later, he’s coming back.

The freshman men’s basketball player at Texas State is in the process of completing his transfer to North Dakota State. A graduate of Minneapolis Washburn High School, the 6-foot-1, 170-pound guard will have to sit out next season because of NCAA rules.

Hale started 10 games last season as a true freshman averaging 5.3 points and 1.2 assists per game. He was

54 of 140 from the field for 39 percent with most of the attempts from 3-point range – he went 36 of 102 from there for 35 percent.

But he said sitting out a year will give him a chance to work on his ballhandling and diversify himself from solely being a shooting guard. That’s been his role since high school where he led Washburn to the Minnesota Class 3A state championship his senior year.

He never did get comfortable being so far away from Twin Cities. His mother Christine Tholkes lives in St. Paul.

“I just felt homesick and I wanted to transfer closer to home,” Hale said.

He still has relatives in the Fargo area including his uncle, Fargo City Commissioner Tim Mahoney. Hale will return to the same arena where he remembers being a part of Bison Buddies basketball group.

“I remember doing some of the dribbling drills with some of the players,” he said.

Hale signed with Texas State and, according to the Bobcat media guide, was also recruited by SMU, Fairfield and McNeese State. He said NDSU “was kind of recruiting me.”

He’ll have three years of eligibility starting in 2011-12. He said he was not looking anywhere else to transfer.

“I want to put on some weight and not be limited to just a shooting guard,” he said.

Jeff Kolpack can be heard on the WDAY Golf Show, 10 a.m. to noon on WDAY-AM (970). He can be reached at (701) 241-5546. Kolpack’s NDSU media blog can be found at www.areavoices.com/bisonmedia