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Chris Murphy, Published February 03 2014

Moorhead’s Cody Dorow is piling up the points this season for the Spuds


Moorhead junior guard Cody Dorow has a casual way he goes about things, which would lead one to believe he doesn’t have a care in the world.

Then, he gets a basketball in his hands.

Dorow doesn’t yell on the basketball court, he doesn’t raise his arms to lure the crowd into frenzy and he doesn’t pound his chest. It’s a simple squint of his eyes and a glare that seemingly opens up a defense when he gets the ball.

The open lane Dorow creates has him staring down a chance to be in the top 10 in scoring this season in Minnesota. He’s averaging more than 28 points a game with 510 through 18 games for the Spuds.

After last Saturday’s

49-point outburst, the junior is on pace for 652 points by the end of the regular season, which would be the second-most points scored in a season by a Spuds player and 37 points behind Aaron Lien’s record of 689. True to form, Dorow shrugs it off.

“That’s not something I really look at,” said Dorow, who is also averaging six rebounds and four assists per game, while shooting close to 50 percent. “Just trying to get the team some more wins.”

That’s where mom comes in. Tammy Dorow has been keeping track of how many shots Cody has made in the offseason since he was in elementary school.

“It was just kind of a motivator or a goal-setting thing,” said Tammy, a 1987 Moorhead graduate, who also played basketball for the Spuds. “He would come in from shooting and we’d have him write how many shots he made on a calendar or I’d put them down in a notebook. It’s cool to look back at it now.”

The blank spots on the calendar or the notebook represented days in which Cody didn’t hit a shot. That went down as a wasted day in Cody’s book.

“I wanted to get better, but I have to give a lot of credit to my mom,” Cody said. “She kept track of all this. I don’t really pay attention to it, but she does.”

Growing in Duluth, Minn., until they moved to Moorhead when he was a freshman, Cody was a 20-minute drive away from any basketball court.

The Dorows built a small basketball court in their pole barn and the rest was documented history by Tammy. Any person that mistakes Cody’s laid-back attitude for a lack of competitive nature, need look no further than that barn. It’s where he battled with his older sister, Macie, who is playing basketball at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

“She would hit 250 shots and he’d have to hit 251,” Tammy said. “She was pretty relentless in basketball. She’d hold her own with him.”

Cody has scored 30 or more points seven times this season and 40 or more four times.

His 49-point performance Saturday against Bemidji is four points behind the Moorhead single-game record of 53. Spuds coach Cory Zimmerman compares Cody with the best scorer in Spuds history, who owns that record.

“I know when Aaron (Lien) was a junior he was averaging 23 or 24 points a game, so it’s going to be scary to see what comes along next year,” Zimmerman said of Cody. “He’s scratching the surface on learning what the defense gives him. When he learns that, there’s not going to be many defenses that can stop him.”

The similarities don’t stop there between Cody and Lien, who holds the Moorhead scoring record of 1,886 career points and is currently playing basketball at Minnesota State Moorhead. Cody received an offer from MSUM a few weeks ago, has a trip to Northern State in Aberdeen, S.D., planned and has received looks from Concordia College.

There’s a large poster board in the Dorow house that was made for the summer Cody hit 100,000 shots in his free time. He’s never gone by the numbers. That didn’t change when asked how far the possibilities go for him on the basketball court.

“Hopefully it’s limitless,” Cody said. “As long as I keep working, it should be good.”

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Chris Murphy at (701) 241-5548