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Jeff Kolpack, Published October 26 2010

Bison basketball: Coleman has knee surgery Monday

North Dakota State will likely open its men’s basketball season without one of its leaders. Senior guard Freddy Coleman underwent arthroscopic surgery to his right knee on Monday and is expected to miss two to three weeks.

That’s at a minimum. Coleman suffered a partially torn meniscus in practice over the weekend and head coach Saul Phillips said Monday he’s going to use caution when bringing him back. It’s doubtful Coleman will play when the Bison open at the Basketball Travelers Classic Nov. 12-14 at the University of Oregon.

“I’m going to put him in bubble wrap if I have to,” Phillips said. “He’s far too valuable. I want him for the Summit League for sure and he’ll certainly do some things before that.”

NDSU’s Summit opener is Dec. 4 at South Dakota State.

Coleman was injured on an awkward fall after a drive to the basket.

“My first thought was that he’s gone and I think that was his thought, too,” Phillips said. “He was scared.”

Coleman and forwards Michael Tveidt and Eric Carlson are sure-bet starters. After that, Phillips said there are several options.

“Wide open and I’ve been trying to mix up the lineup every day in practice,” he said.

Redshirt freshman guard Taylor Braun and true freshmen Marshall Bjorklund and TrayVonn Wright are pushing returning players. Bjorklund, a 6-foot-8 center, will not redshirt.

Wright, Phillips said, is getting a close look to play right away.

“TrayVonn does something in practice every day that just makes you shake your head,” Phillips said.

Women’s team to host ‘Bison Got Talent’ show

They can shoot, score and rebound. But the Bison women’s basketball team will show what they can do off the court with their first “Bison Got Talent” show Wednesday night.

“For the last two years, we’ve been building the foundation and philosophy of the program and this year it’s time to start connecting with the fans,” said head coach Carolyn DeHoff. “It’s really for that purpose.”

Each coach and player will display some sort of entertaining act. A prime example: freshman guard Kelsey Peltier, from Dunseith, N.D., will give a Native American dance exhibition.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and a free pizza dinner starts at 6. The talent show has a 6:30 start.

“The kids have really bought into it in how they present it,” DeHoff said. “It will engage the fans.”

Forum reporter Jeff Kolpack can be heard on the Saturday Morning Sports Show, 9-11 a.m. 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