NDSU adds point guard transfer to men's basketball team
FARGO, N.D.—Less than one month after unexpectedly losing its starting point guard, North Dakota State's men's basketball team has signed a new one.
Bison head coach David Richman announced Wednesday, May 10, the signing of Nnamdi Van Dulm to the 2017 recruiting class.
Van Dulm is a 6-foot-4 guard from West Allis, Wis., who played one season at Lake Land College in Illinois. He will join the Bison this summer with three seasons of eligibility remaining.
"Nnamdi fits the mold of the bigger guards who we have had success with in the past," said Richman. "With his size and skill set, he is able to get to spots on the court and use his athleticism to either finish at the rim or create opportunities for his teammates. Nnamdi is a hard worker who we expect will contribute to our championship culture."
It was on April 20 when starting point guard Khy Kabellis announced he was leaving NDSU.
Kabellis was a rock last season, rarely coming off the court. Kabellis, from Escondido, Calif., averaged 11.2 points and was virtually tied for the team lead in minutes played, averaging 33.2 in a 40-minute game. He started all 30 games.
As a freshman, he was second on the team in minutes and averaged 8.7 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. He was especially electric in the 2016 Summit League tournament semifinals when he had 19 points in a win over top-seeded Indiana Purdue-Fort Wayne. His career high of 25 points came this season against IPFW.
His departure means the Bison will either hand the reins to freshman Cameron Hunter, who redshirted this past season, or have shooting guards Paul Miller or Jared Samuelson play some point.
NDSU also has two new guards for next season in junior college transfer Chris Quayle from Central Wyoming College and freshman Tyree Eady from Middleton, Wis.
Now it appears Van Dulm will be in the mix.
"As a competitive, tough kid who likes to be challenged, Nnamdi is the type of student-athlete we want in our program," Richman said.
Van Dulm played in 31 games for Lake Land College in the 2016-17 season, averaging 10 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists per contest, shooting 44 percent from the field. He helped lead West Allis Central HS to the Wisconsin Division 1 state tournament as a senior in 2015.